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Wednesday July 12 2017 | thetimes.co.uk | No 72273
It?s all about the
summer jumpsuit
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Janice Turner
Charlie Gard and
the pro-life lobby
For our new man in Brussels, there?s still no place like home
Oliver Wright Policy Editor
Bruno Waterfield Brussels
Britain?s ambassador to the European
Union has yet to move permanently to
Brussels more than six months after
starting the job.
Sir Tim Barrow, 53, was appointed
the UK?s representative to the EU in
January. His wife and four children
remain in London, where he spends
many weekends. Senior sources in
Brussels claimed Sir Tim is often absent
during parts of the week as well, attending meetings and working in Whitehall.
The absences are said to have been
compounded by his need to fight ?turf
wars? in Whitehall over the government?s Brexit strategy. A senior source
told The Times that the Department for
Royal Navy
mission fails
to curb flow
of migrants
Exiting the EU (Dexeu) had sidelined
Sir Tim, who works for the Foreign
Office, in the preparation process for
the Brexit negotiations.
?Olly Robbins [the permanent secretary in Dexeu] has cut him out,? one
said. Another added: ?The Foreign
Office has been totally cut out because
the foreign secretary [Boris Johnson]
won?t stand up for anything. There is a
disconnect between Dexeu and the rest
of Whitehall.? A Foreign Office spokeswoman denied any rift, saying that Sir
Tim and Mr Robbins were working
closely together.
EU ambassadors have noted Sir
Tim?s absences from meetings of
Coreper, the committee of permanent
representatives, and what they claim to
be his disengagement from Brexit talks.
A Royal Navy and EU mission to
combat people-smuggling in the Mediterranean has caused more migrants to
die at sea, a parliamentary report says.
The multimillion-pound tactic of
using warships to destroy traffickers?
boats has led to migrants leaving the
Libyan coast in less-seaworthy vessels
such as dinghies rather than deterring
the smugglers? activities, a Lords committee concluded.
The peers claimed that Operation
Sophia, the European Union mission to
break up smuggling networks, which
cost �million in the past year, was a
failure and urged against the renewal of
its mandate this month. More suitable
vessels than high-end destroyers and
frigates should be used to continue the
task of searching for and rescuing migrants in the Mediterranean, they said.
At least 4,581 people died making the
journey between Libya and Italy last
year, a 42 per cent rise on 2015, according to data cited in the report.
With 181,436 attempted crossings,
the number of migrants making the
journey also increased last year, but at
18 per cent this rise was smaller than the
increased death toll. A further 2,150
people have died so far this year.
Since Operation Sophia was
launched in June 2015, 33,830 migrants
have been saved by EU naval forces.
?We remain of the view that Operation Sophia has not in any meaningful
way deterred the flow of migrants, dis-
rupted the smugglers? networks or impeded the business of people-smuggling on the central Mediterranean
route,? the EU external affairs
sub-committee, chaired by the former
Conservative minister Baroness Verma,
said. ?An unintended consequence of
Operation Sophia?s destruction of
vessels has been that the smugglers
have adapted, sending migrants to sea
in unseaworthy vessels, leading to an
increase in deaths.?
The peers, who include Marshal of
the Royal Air Force Lord Stirrup, a
former head of the armed forces; Lord
Risby, a Conservative peer; and Lord
Dubs, a Labour peer, formed their conclusions after hearing evidence from
Foreign Office officials and migration
experts, and with reference to a number
of European parliamentary and other
official reports.
More than 450 boats had been destroyed as of June and 110 largely ?lower
down the food chain? smugglers were
apprehended, they found.
One of the Foreign Office witnesses,
Edward Hobart, said this had prompted
a change in the ?business model? of the
traffickers. He said it was now ?very
rare? for boats capable of transporting
more than 100 people to leave Libya.
Instead, ?inflatable boats [were] being
picked up 12 miles off the coast . . . rather
than larger vessels of maybe 500 or 600
people that get to the centre of the
Mediterranean?.
As a result, the crossing has become
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MATTHEW CHILDS/REUTERS
Konta reaches
Wimbledon
semi-finals in
historic win
Jack Malvern, Georgie Keate
Tactics have increased deaths at sea, peers warn
Deborah Haynes Defence Editor
His personal decision not to relocate to
the Belgian capital with his family has
also raised eyebrows among civil servants working for the UK Permanent
Representation to the EU.
The Foreign Office insisted that Sir
Tim was spending the ?vast majority of
his time? in Brussels, where he has an
official residence, saying it was not
Johanna Konta takes the second set on her way to defeating No 2 seed Simona
Halep. She is the first British woman to reach the Wimbledon semi-finals since 1978
Johanna Konta was spurred to a
historic Wimbledon victory yesterday
by a crowd so enthusiastic that it was
admonished by the umpire.
Her triumph over Simona Halep of
Romania made her the first British
woman to reach a semi-final at Wimbledon since Virginia Wade in 1978.
Wade, 72, watching Konta from the
royal box on Centre Court, exchanged
high-fives with fellow guests in celebration. She described the match as a brilliant performance but said it was ?just a
shame that there was somebody at the
end yelling before the point was over?.
The roar when Konta, 26, won the
match was subdued as Halep, 25, appealed to the umpire over spectators
crying out before the point was over.
Two points earlier Kader Nouni, the
umpire, had warned spectators: ?Please
do not make any calls during the rally.?
Nouni ruled that Konta had won the
point fairly although the British player
conceded that the crowd might have
gone over the top. ?They were incredible,? she said. ?I think they were a little
over-enthusiastic in parts, but . . . I
definitely cannot complain with the
amount of support and general good
feelings they were wishing my way.?
Halep said she wanted the last point
to be replayed: ?I was surprised that the
lady was screaming. I thought [we]
would repeat the point.? The Romanian, seeded second in the tournament
while Konta is sixth, also questioned
whether her opponent took too long
during a lavatory break. The pair are established rivals after a Fed Cup clash in
April when Romanian fans abused
Konta. Halep denied that there had
been a problem.
After Halep lost her service game in
the third set, John McEnroe said: ?If
you don?t think a crowd can be the difference between winning and losing,
you haven?t watched enough tennis.?
If Konta, who plays Venus Williams
in the semi-finals tomorrow, wins the
tournament she will be the first British
woman to do so since Wade in 1977.
News, page 13; Sport, pages 66-72
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T O D AY ? S E D I T I O N
Tainted blood
inquiry ordered
Call for answers
on boy?s death
1 in 3 teenagers
suffers bullying
The prime minister
has ordered an inquiry
into the ?appalling
tragedy? in which
thousands of
haemophiliacs were
given tainted blood
infected with HIV and
hepatitis C. Page 4
The parents of a
schoolboy who died
from an allergic
reaction after a slice of
cheese was allegedly
flicked into his face
have demanded that
his school explain
what happened. Page 7
Name-calling and
physical violence ?
rather than
cyberbullying ?
remain the most
common forms of
bullying, regularly
affecting a third of
teenagers. Page 12
COMMENT
The British are leading the way on gender
equality . . . America may be sliding backwards
ALICE THOMSON, PAGE 27
Extreme skier?s
K2 challenge
Trump Jr admits Building giant?s
Russia meeting shares tumble
A 29-year-old climber
is attempting to
become the first
person to ski down
from the 8,611m
summit of K2, the
world?s second highest
mountain. Page 17
President Trump?s
eldest son, Donald
Trump Jr, accepted
assistance purportedly
from a Kremlin lawyer
to help his father?s
election campaign,
emails reveal. Page 31
Shares in Carillion, the
construction and
facilities management
company, fell for the
second day running
after it was forced to
take �5 million of
writedowns. Page 37
COMMENT 25
LETTERS 28
LEADING ARTICLES 29
WORLD 30
BUSINESS 37
REGISTER 53
SPORT 59
CROSSWORD 72
TV & RADIO TIMES2
New tags for criminals delayed
by Ministry of Justice ?shambles?
Richard Ford Home Correspondent
A �0 million project to develop new
tags to monitor criminals is running
five years late after a shambolic performance by the Ministry of Justice,
according to a report published today.
Millions have been paid in compensation to one supplier and the ministry
has been forced to abandon plans for a
?world leading? ankle tag combining
radio frequency and GPS technology.
Up to 220,000 offenders were expected to be using the equipment by
this year but only 65,000 were fitted
with old-style tags. The report says
there is little evidence that using GPS
to monitor offenders is effective.
Offenders have to recharge the tag
battery for at least an hour a day, which
the National Audit Office report says is
an ?important practical constraint?.
The project was launched six years ago
with an ?unachievable? timescale of 15
months from signing contracts to deploying the new tags. At one point there
were 900 bespoke requirements, including size, battery life and robustness.
One supplier was expected to attend 40
meetings a week but ?many did not produce actions or results?.
Richard Garside, director of the
Centre for Crime and Justice Studies
charity, said: ?So shambolic has this
programme been that active sabotage
would look much the same. Unrealistic
expectations about the technology, an
unachievable timetable, pointless
meetings, suppliers at war with each
other and constantly shifting requirements: everything that could have gone
wrong, went wrong.? He added: ?There
is no reliable evidence that satellite tagging is either needed or effective. It
would be better if the ministry scrapped
this pointless vanity project and addressed more pressing problems, such
as the prisons and probation crises.?
Governments have used electronic
monitoring or ?tagging? since 1999 to
supervise offenders in the hope that it
will convince the public that noncustodial sentences, which are cheaper
than prison, are robust.
The audit office criticised the justice
ministry for failing to do enough to
establish the case for a major expansion
of GPS location monitoring tags and
said that its bespoke requirements were
too ambitious. After adopting a highrisk approach to procuring the new tag,
it failed to manage the implications and
resolve problems, which led to disputes
with suppliers.
Sir Amyas Morse, head of the
National Audit Office, said: ?The case
for a huge expansion of electronic
monitoring using GPS was unproven
but the Ministry of Justice pursued an
overly ambitious and high-risk strategy
anyway. Ultimately it has not delivered.
After abandoning its original plans, the
ministry?s new service will now, ironically, be much closer to its existing one.
Even if it launches in 2018, it will still be
five years late.?
The ministry said: ?There were challenges in the delivery of the electronic
monitoring programme between 2010
and 2015. As a direct result, we fundamentally changed our approach in
2015, expanding and strengthening our
commercial teams and bringing responsibility for oversight of the programme in-house.? It said the ministry
was now in a strong position to provide
better value for money for taxpayers.
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Poached porkers
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tomatoes
This is a very simple
way of cooking meaty
sausages in chicken
stock with a splash of
red wine and bundle of
aromatic herbs. While
the sausages poach,
there is plenty of time
to grill or roast the
halved tomatoes,
cooked until soft and
juicy. Lots of baby or
shredded spinach is
then folded into the
juices, cooked until
just wilted followed by
the tomatoes. Serve
alone with crusty
bread, over couscous
or something similar
or add a few boiled
new potatoes.
Serves 2 Prep 15 min
Cook 35 min
Ingredients: 6
tomatoes; 1 tbsp olive
oil; 6 meaty
Cumberland sausages;
300ml chicken stock;
150ml red wine; few
sprigs thyme and
oregano; 1 bay leaf;
squeeze of lemon;
125g baby spinach.
Halve the tomatoes
round their middles.
Place cut-side up on a
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squishy. Meanwhile,
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sausages and herb
bundle in a medium,
lidded pan and cover
with stock, wine. Add
pinch salt and bring to
simmer over a
medium-low heat.
Turn low, cover and
cook for 20 minutes
or until cooked
through. Season the
liquid with salt, lemon
juice and pepper then
add the spinach,
squashing it down
until melted. Slip the
tomatoes between the
sausages and serve
now or later.
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Consumer Affairs Correspondent
A cosmetics chain with outlets in
London?s biggest shopping centres is
paying some of its staff �05 an hour,
an investigation has found.
Soap & Co has been accused of
treating workers as self-employed
when they should have been given
full-time employment contracts.
A month-long investigation by the
BBC found that workers were only paid
commission for sales rather than for the
hours they worked.
An undercover reporter who took a
job at the retailer received �9 for 97
hours? work. The national minimum
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Sir Tim Barrow
unusual for diplomats to leave family
behind in London.
Friends of Sir Tim said he took the job
out of loyalty to the Foreign Office,
moving outside his specialism of Russia
and security policy.
He is a highly regarded diplomat,
considered to be one of Britain?s foremost experts on Russia. ?[The EU post]
isn?t, and never really was, his bag,? one
veteran of EU and British diplomacy
said. ?Foreign affairs, Russia and security is his world.?
Last night a former senior Foreign
Office diplomat described the claim
that Sir Tim was not fully engaged in
Coreper meetings as horrifying.
?It isn?t sensible for the permanent
representative not to live in Brussels
full-time because you just extenuate
the isolation and the feeling that you
are no longer part of the club,? they said.
?There are lots of things that happen
every week where you need to be. It is
horrifying if you?re skipping those
meetings and leaving it to a junior to go
along. It will just extenuate the view
that we have left already.?
Another diplomatic source said: ?He
does not live [full-time] in Brussels and
has chosen not to live in Brussels. Lots
of people are remarking on it. It sends a
very bad message. What would happen
if Britain?s ambassador to Paris decided
to commute too??
One EU permanent representative
described him as ?out of the loop? and
wage is �50 for anyone older than 25.
Soap & Co, which has shops in the
Westfield centres in London, describes
its products as ?an ideal balance
between beauty, health and simple indulgence?. The BBC found that the
sales staff had to work a minimum of six
days a week, for about ten hours a day.
Arpita Dutt, an employment lawyer,
told the BBC that the practices were a
?flagrant breach? of minimum wage
legislation. ?This does seem to be exploitation of workers,? she said.
Workers had to sign contracts saying
they were self-employed even though
they had prescriptive hours and were
not allowed to work elsewhere or to
substitute other people to cover their
shift. The BBC was told similar arrangements were in place at the company?s
affiliated Sakare outlets in Mayfair and
Covent Garden.
Soap & Co, which is a separate company from the Soap Co, said: ?Soap &
Co takes their responsibility under UK
law very seriously. We are therefore
extremely concerned to learn about the
allegations made by some individuals
about the company?s working arrangements. We are reviewing those allegations and the implications ? if any ?
regarding the employment status of
those who work with us.?
The investigation will be shown on
BBC Two?s Newsnight tonight.
?irrelevant? to diplomats needing to
know the thinking in Downing Street.
However, the former Brexit minister
David Jones dismissed suggestions that
Sir Tim had been isolated and said that
he had been ?tremendously impressed?
in all their dealings. ?He is a very
seasoned and canny diplomat,? he said.
The Foreign Office said it was wrong
to suggest that Sir Tim had not moved
into the Brussels residence. ?Tim lives
in the residence, is in Brussels the
majority of the time and returns to
London for meetings, for example
advising the prime minister alongside
Olly Robbins,? a spokesman said. ?It is a
gross distortion to suggest there are turf
wars between departments. The work
undertaken to negotiate the UK?s exit
from the EU has seen an unprecedented level of co-operation between the
FCO, Dexeu and the UK Permanent
Representation to the EU, while also
drawing on the expertise of other government departments.?
Part of the reason Sir Tim?s family are
understood to have stayed in London is
because three of his four children are in
their mid-teens and doing exams.
Figures released by the government
yesterday revealed that the Foreign
Office spent �million last year paying
for the school fees of 174 UK-based staff
to provide continuity of education in
case they were required to serve overseas at short notice. It would not comment on whether Sir Tim received the
continuity of education allowance.
Water firm
must plug its
leaky sewers
Johnson?s threat to Brussels, page 8
Taylor Review findings, page 10
Ben Webster Environment Editor
A water company has been told to
increase investment in sewerage after
polluting beaches and rivers with more
than twice as many sewage spills as
other companies.
South West Water was responsible
for 115 leaks per 10,000km (6,200 miles)
of sewer, more than three times the
industry average.
The Environment Agency has introduced ?special measures? for the company, which include a requirement to
spend more on improving treatment
works and more monitoring to ensure
that it hits targets for reducing leaks.
An agency spokesman said: ?They
have not done enough to reduce pollution incidents and have repeatedly
scored badly on this metric compared
with other companies.?
Last year the total number of pollution incidents caused by water companies rose to more than 1,900.
The number of the most damaging
incidents that cause significant harm to
wildlife or habitats rose from four in
2015 to nine, according to the Environment Agency?s annual report.
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Olivier?s jealous secret is drawn out
SOTHEBY?S; HULTON ARCHIVE
Lucy Bannerman
The red chalk study by a notorious
Bohemian artist captures the beauty of
Vivien Leigh. But the unfinished state
of the previously unseen portrait
suggests that there was more to the
Hollywood legend than just Scarlett
O?Hara. It also encapsulates the story
of her tempestuous relationship with
Laurence Olivier.
Hailed as the greatest beauty of her
day, Leigh was the first British actress to
win an Oscar and, on marrying Olivier,
became half of one of the most famous
couples to grace stage and screen.
A rare sale of her personal belongings
also highlights that she was a bookworm, a passionate collector of English
art and antiques, a generous patron of
struggling, young playwrights and one
of the few brides who could boast of
having Katharine Hepburn as a maid of
honour.
Five decades after her death, her
grandchildren are putting 250 of her
personal items up for sale, in an auction
that will offer a glimpse into the highs
and lows of one of the most tumultuous
marriages in showbusiness.
Lots include the red chalk drawing of
Leigh by Augustus John, a brilliant
artist known for his promiscuous lifestyle. The drawing, which was intended
as a study for a later portrait, had been
commissioned by Olivier as a symbol of
his love for the ?sharp-tongued?
woman with whom he ?quarrelled bitterly? and loved deeply. However, the
actor became jealous and worried that
the flamboyant artist who revelled in
the intimacy of portraiture had designs
on his wife. A panicked Olivier cancelled the project.
David Macdonald, who is in charge of
the sale for Sotheby?s, said: ?When
you?re doing a portrait, it?s quite an intimate thing and Augustus John was
known for the psychological intensity
of his work. The red chalk study remains as a reminder of the portrait that
never was. According to members of
the family, that was because Olivier was
jealous of Augustus John.?
The sale is expected to raise about
half a million pounds.
The lots tell the story of star whose
legacy is inseparable from that of her
husband of 20 years, with whom she
began a relationship when both were
married. Seduced by his performance
on stage, Leigh declared that she would
marry Olivier before she?d even met
him. He became obsessed with the
Augustus John,
above, drew the
red chalk study
of Vivien Leigh
but the project
was cancelled by
Laurence Olivier,
who thought the
artist was trying
to seduce his wife
charisma
charismatic
young actress, saying
that sh
she possessed ?an attraction
of th
the most perturbing nature I
had ever encountered?.
Their affair became an open
se
secret
and in 1940, five years
a
after
they first met, they were
m
married
in a three-minute
c
ceremony
at a private ranch
in Santa Barbara, California,
pr
presided over by a drunken
jud and witnessed by only
judge
four guests.
Hep
Hepburn was responsible for
d
riving the
t couple to the wedding
driving
and later recalled
re
how it almost never
happened, when they got lost en route.
?They started quarrelling rather bitterly. She was sharp-tongued, Larry was
tough as hell. They were scrapping all
the way,? she said.
Other items up for auction include a
gold ring marking their marriage,
engraved with the words ?Laurence
Olivier Vivien Eternally?; her personal
copy of the Gone with the Wind novel,
with a personal inscription and dedicated poem from Margaret Mitchell,
the author; and the blond wig she wore
to play Blanche DuBois in A Streetcar
Named Desire.
Another highlight of the Sotheby?s
sale is a silver goblet by the Danish silversmith Georg Jensen, which was a
wedding present from Hepburn. Mr
Macdonald claimed that it highlighted
the forgotten bond between the stars.
?What you get is a sense of the personal
relationship between these two
women. They were both very, very
bright, very strong women. Both have
this aristocratic edge ? Hepburn was
from old money, while Leigh
was the daughter of
Empire, born in India.
Neither
was
the
stereotypical leggy
Hollywood starlet. I imagine
they saw a lot
in common.?
He added
that
Hepburn?s choice
of an heirloom
of Danish heritage
was not a coincid
dence given that Leigh
h
had played Ophelia in
O
Olivier?s Hamlet in a production in Denmark during the early
years of their affair. ?I wonder if
this was a little joke between them,?
Mr Macdonald said.
Allsopp has dirty washing row in public Program creates the perfect
Andrew Ellson
Consumer Affairs Correspondent
Kirstie Allsopp got her fans in something of a spin yesterday when she said
it was disgusting to keep washing
machines in the kitchen.
The TV presenter appeared to forget
for a moment that most households do
not have the luxury of a utility room, let
alone domestic staff to help with the
tiresome matter of laundry.
Replying to a post on Twitter from a
journalist about how Americans find
the location of the appliance in British
homes confusing, Allsopp, 45, said: ?It is
disgusting, my life?s work is in part
dedicated to getting washing machines
out of the kitchen.? Asked where people
should put their washing machines
instead, the daughter of the sixth Baron
Hindlip, said: ?Bathroom, hall cupboard, airing cupboard?.
That explanation failed to stop some
of the site?s users from descending upon
her. One named ?Rich_Wig? summed
Kirstie Allsopp said it was disgusting to
have washing machines in the kitchen
up replies when he wrote: ?Just shows
how out of touch this so-called property expert is with what people can
actually afford. Snob.?
Allsopp, who has presented the
Channel 4 property programme, Loca-
tion, Location, Location with Phil Spencer since 2000, hit back at critics,
calling them a ?bunch of total f***wits?
for taking the debate so seriously.
She wrote: ?I was joking, although
getting machine out of kitchen *when
possible* does free up kitchen space.
Clue is in ?life?s work? comment.?
Most Twitter users were wise to the
about-turn. Sharon Withers replied:
?Look what twitter has driven @KirstieMAllsopp to. Death by spinning.?
Allsopp has form for getting people?s
knickers in a twist. Last year she upset
feminists by telling young women to
shun university and have a baby before
the age of 30. She has also claimed that
ironing helps to keep mothers sane.
She had a mild spat with Kay Burley
of Sky News after the death of George
Michael last year. She tweeted: ?Sky
News?s reporting of George Michael?s
death is appalling, far more focus on the
?scandal? than the music.?
Burley responded: ?Oh do shut up
Kirstie.?
name for your dog (almost)
Mark Bridge
Technology Correspondent
Shadoopy, Sbookie, and Ray-Bella.
They sound like the sort of ?kooky?
names an upmarket dog-walker might
have to shout on Hampstead Heath.
But they?re not the product of an
animal lover?s imagination. They were
generated by an algorithm mimicking
the way we name dogs after it ?studied?
a list of 81,542 pooches registered in
New York. The experiment took only a
few hours, using freely available tools.
Having trawled the list of real-life
names, which includes Spanky the toy
poodle and Putin the cross-breed, the
algorithm?s 400 offerings included
Zouf, Watty and Jot. It also came up
with the less appealing Grimby, Prickett and Bum-Charmo.
John Keefe, a computer programmer,
used Torch, an open-source ?recurrent
neural network?, to generate the dog
names after he was inspired by similar
work on Harry Potter fan fiction.
These artificial intelligence tools
comb through any dataset, teaching
themselves the patterns and conventions they observe. They?re modelled
on the workings of the human brain
and nervous system, hence the name.
Mr Keefe wrote on his blog: ?The experiment was something I?ve wanted to
try since I saw the playful, awesome
work of Janelle Shane and her experiments using neural networks to generate Harry Potter fan fiction.?
Technology experts said these experiments weren?t only fun, but signalled
the increasing accessibility of artificial
intelligence tools. Paul Armstrong, of
Here/Forth, the consultant, said: ?It
demonstrates the potential to gain insights into complex scenarios as the
technology gets easier to use.?
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?Evil? mother jailed
A mother who stole �0,000
from her son after he was
awarded �8 million for a car
crash that left him brain damaged
was jailed for five years. Teresa
Wright, 44, from Wellingborough,
Northamptonshire, who was
appointed to manage her son?s
finances, used the compensation
to buy a �0,000 caravan, take
weekend trips and give cash to
her other children. After she was
convicted of fraud Michael
Wright, 28, said his evil mother
used the money to fuel her greed.
Roll with it A thick mist enveloping the Purbeck Hills in Dorset after a recent drop in temperature. Most of the country is expected to be dry today. Forecast, page 58
Extinction warning
Tainted blood scandal
inquiry ordered by May
The future of the human race is
threatened by mass extinction
that has halved the number of
animals on the planet since the
1960s, scientists warn. A paper
published in the journal PNAS
analysed the area occupied by
27,600 species of land animals
and found that almost a third had
shrunk in their range. The
scientists blamed human greed
and overpopulation.
Henry Zeffman Political Reporter
Theresa May has ordered an inquiry
into how thousands of people were
infected with hepatitis C and HIV from
tainted blood.
She said the treatment of thousands
of haemophiliacs and others in the
1970s and 1980s was an ?appalling tragedy? that should not have happened.
The UK imported supplies of the
clotting agent Factor VIII from the US,
some of which turned out to be infected. Much of the plasma used to make it
came from donors such as prisoners in
the US who had sold their blood.
?Thousands of patients expected the
world-class care our NHS is famous for,
but they were failed,? Mrs May said. ?At
least 2,400 people died and thousands
more were exposed to hepatitis C and
HIV, with life-changing consequences.
?The victims and their families who
have suffered so much pain and hardship deserve answers as to how this
could possibly have happened.?
She added: ?As prime minister, I am
determined to stand up for victims and
confront injustice and unfairness in our
society at every turn. We will work with
the victims and their families to decide
what form this inquiry should take so
their voices are heard and they finally
get the answers and justice they have
spent decades waiting for.?
Mrs May and Jeremy Hunt, the
health secretary, told the cabinet they
had decided on a full investigation after
years of pressure from campaigners.
Mrs May?s spokesman said that new
evidence prompted the decision.
The inquiry was announced hours
before MPs held an emergency debate
on the issue, and two days after the
leaders of six political parties including
Investigations under way
Grenfell A public inquiry into the fire
at the London tower block to be
chaired by Sir Martin Moore-Bick.
Child sex abuse An independent
inquiry into child sexual abuse was
commissioned by Theresa May in
2014. Has had a rocky path with the
first two leaders stepping down and
third lasting a little over a year. Since
August it has been led by Alexis Jay.
Undercover policing An inquiry into
undercover operations by police
announced by Mrs May in 2015
chaired by Sir Christopher Pitchford.
Jeremy Corbyn and the Democratic
Unionist Party?s Westminster chief,
Nigel Dodds, signed a letter urging a
public inquiry. The letter urged the government to investigate allegations of a
cover-up amid claims patients were not
told of the risks of their transfusions.
Mr Corbyn welcomed the inquiry.
?2,400 people died as a result of this
contaminated blood, and it?s caused unbelievable stress to many, many more
people,? he said. ?It was obviously a serious systemic failure. I think we need the
strongest possible inquiry that can if
necessary lead to prosecution actions
as a result, but above all get to the
bottom of it. A broad, public, inquisitive
inquiry is very important.?
John Bercow, the Speaker, granted
the debate after a request from Diana
Johnson, a Labour MP who has called
the scandal ?the worst treatment disaster in the history of the NHS?.
Ms Johnson welcomed the govern-
ment?s decision, saying that Mrs May
had ?earned a place in history?.
She thanked Mrs May for giving victims and their families the ?justice they
have so long been denied?, adding that
she had ?put party politics aside?. She
said there were ?still questions to be answered on the detail of the inquiry?.
Sharon Hodgson, the shadow public
health minister, said that it was ?long
overdue?, adding: ?It is shameful that it
has taken an urgent debate in parliament and pressure from MPs of all parties to finally force them into action.?
Carol Grayson, 57, of Newcastle,
whose haemophiliac husband, Peter
Longstaff, died in 2005 after getting
HIV and hepatitis C, said: ?I don?t
believe it will apportion blame. Alongside this inquiry, there needs to be a
complete police investigation.?
About 4,800 patients are thought to
have been infected with hepatitis C
from contaminated blood products,
and 1,200 were infected with HIV.
Campaigners have claimed that
health department officials became
aware as early as 1983 that imported
blood products were risky, but the NHS
continued to give them to haemophiliacs. In 1991, faced with the threat of
legal action, the government made
ex-gratia payments to those infected
with HIV, averaging �,000 each, on
the condition that they dropped further
legal claims. The extent of infection
with hepatitis C was not discovered
until years later.
Liz Carroll, chief executive of the
Haemophilia Society, said that the government needed to move quickly to
agree the remit of the inquiry with the
people affected. ?For decades people
with bleeding disorders and their families have sought the truth,? she said.
NHS accused
of covering up
warning signs
Behind the story
A
t the centre of the
tainted blood scandal
was a treatment for
haemophiliacs, who
suffer from internal
bleeding because their blood
does not clot properly. Clotting
agents made from donor blood
plasma were greeted as a
breakthrough in the 1970s (Chris
Smyth writes). The demand for
blood this created led the NHS to
import supplies from the US,
where some companies, it was
later found, used contaminated
supplies from prisoners, drug
addicts and prostitutes donating
for money.
It is estimated that about 5,000
haemophiliacs were infected with
hepatitis C, which can cause liver
failure, and 12,000 with HIV. It is
estimated that 2,400 have died. A
legal challenge by families claims
that the NHS knew of the risks
but allowed the products to still
be used. Documents suggest that
concerns were raised with senior
Department of Health officials in
1981 and 1983 but action was not
taken for several years, amid
claims that patients were used as
guinea pigs. In 1991 the
government agreed to payments
that were carefully not described
as compensation. Families say
they were told to drop claims to
legal action to get the money.
The public inquiry is likely to
examine these claims of a
cover-up, what patients should
have been told and why the
products were used.
Baby found near pub
Police in Wales are trying to trace
the mother of a newborn girl who
was found in a bus shelter outside
a pub at 7.15 yesterday morning.
The infant, who was discovered
in the seaside town of Towyn, in
Conwy, is being cared for in
hospital in Rhyl. Helen Douglas,
of North Wales police, said: ?We
are concerned about the health of
the mother . . . and are appealing
for her to come forward.?
Barclays damages claim
A group who allege they were
sexually assaulted by a doctor
during pre-employment medical
checks for Barclays bank have
brought a damages action at the
High Court. The 130 claimants ?
mostly women ? were examined
between 1968 and 1984 by
Gordon Bates, who saw the
applicants at his Newcastle upon
Tyne home. Judgment was
reserved to a later date.
Park and ride scrapped
A plan to concrete over water
meadows on the outskirts of Bath
to build a park and ride has been
dropped amid claims it could cost
the city its World Heritage status.
Bath and North East Somerset
council said it was now looking at
alternative options after strong
opposition. Tim Warren, leader of
the council, said the decision was
not a U-turn and that the
authority was ?moving forward?.
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Couple must pay up for faking holiday illness
Andrew Ellson
Consumer Affairs Correspondent
A couple who made a ?fundamentally
dishonest? claim for compensation
after saying they fell ill on holiday have
been ordered to pay Thomas Cook
thousands of pounds.
A judge told Julie Lavelle, 33, and her
partner, Michael McIntyre, 34, that
there was no credible evidence they or
their two children had suffered sickness, diarrhoea and vomiting during
their stay at the Parque Cristobal Hotel
in Gran Canaria and dismissed their
demand for damages of up to �,000.
In a legal first for a holiday sickness
claim, deputy district judge Juliet Herzog ruled at Liverpool county court that
the couple must now pay Thomas Cook
�744 compensation within 28 days.
County courts are only allowed to
award costs if it can be demonstrated
that a claimant has been dishonest.
The number of holiday sickness
claims has risen by 500 per cent since
2013, according to travel agents, as
no-win no-fee lawyers have started
advertising for business. The ruling is
likely to stem the flow of cases, which
has led some Spanish hotels to ban Britons from booking all-inclusive deals.
The court was told that Mr McIntyre
had drunk six pints of lager before his
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match against an MCC side, before rain forced play to be abandoned. Sport, page 60
Wales wants one million
to become fluent in Welsh
Nicola Woolcock
Education Correspondent
Native tongues
The mother tongue of the land of my
fathers is rarely heard beyond the
Welsh border ? and not enough inside
it, according to politicians.
The occasional bora da or yachi da
will no longer do, so a strategy to get a
million people to become fluent in
Welsh has been announced by the
national assembly.
All children in Wales learn the language until the age of 16, and more than
a fifth attend Welsh-medium schools
where all lessons are taught in Welsh.
Cardiff?s plans to revitalise the language mean that more children will
attend Welsh-medium schools, with
the number expected to increase by a
third over 14 years, from 22 per cent to
30 per cent of all seven year olds.
English-speaking schools will have to
devote more time to the language, and
150 more Welsh-language nurseries
will be set up. By 2050 the goal is for 70
per cent of pupils to be fluent in Welsh
when they leave school.
The government wants to recruit
fluent teachers to cope with demand,
although only 610 teenagers sat Welsh
6 There are six Celtic languages,
five of which are spoken in the
British Isles: Welsh, Scottish Gaelic,
Irish, Manx and Cornish.
6 Cornish died out in the 18th or
19th century, but has been revived.
The first Cornish language creche
was opened in 2010.
6 Cornish is described by Unesco as
critically endangered.
6 The 2011 census said there were
750,000 Welsh speakers.
6 Scots Gaelic is spoken by about
58,000 people, and Manx has about
1,800 speakers, even though its last
native speaker died in the 1970s.
language A-level last year, so it is unclear where they will find them.
It also wants more families to use the
language at home, with those using
more than only a few words to rise from
10 per cent to 20 per cent by 2050.
Carwyn Jones, the first minister, said
that the nation should ?take ownership? of the language to meet the target.
Leading article, page 29
flight back from Las Palmas airport in
2013 despite claiming he was suffering
from gastroenteritis. On the flight he
completed a feedback questionnaire in
which he mostly answered that the service had been good or excellent.
Mr McIntyre told the court that he
had either randomly ticked the entries
or had ticked them to put a favourable
gloss on the trip so that he would be
more likely to benefit from a prize draw
incentive for handing in the form.
Neither Mr McIntyre nor Ms Lavelle,
who are from Liverpool, complained to
their hotel or Thomas Cook or sought
medical attention while on holiday.
Thomas Cook first heard of the case al-
most three years later when it received
a claim from Bridger & Co solicitors.
This week Ms Lavelle told the court
that even though her children experienced four to five days of diarrhoea and
vomiting she only felt it necessary to
self-medicate. The couple returned to
work and the children returned to nursery the day after their holiday and Ms
Lavelle made no mention of continuing
symptoms when she visited a doctor a
few days later on an unrelated matter.
Chris Mottershead, managing director of Thomas Cook UK, said yesterday:
?It is not comfortable for us to be in
court questioning our customers? credibility, but the significant increase in
unreported illness claims threatens
holidays for all UK customers.
?This case follows an increasingly
common pattern, with a previously unreported illness being raised years after
the holiday with no medical or other
evidence to support the illness having
occurred. In these cases, we will not accept liability and we will take further
action where we believe it is necessary
to protect all of our customers.?
Alex Harvey, a solicitor at Bridger &
Co, said: ?There are procedures we
follow to ensure claimants are pursuing
a genuine claim. Unfortunately in this
instance the court felt otherwise.?
The couple declined to comment.
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Bank cuts cost of overdrafts to avoid sanctions
Katherine Griffiths Banking Editor
Britain?s biggest high street lender is to
slash the costs of its overdrafts after
widespread criticism of lenders? rates.
Lloyds is abolishing all fees on
unplanned overdrafts in a move that it
hopes will avoid sanctions by the
financial regulator while heading off
competition from new lenders.
For customers with arranged overdrafts, Lloyds will replace several levels
of fees plus interest with a daily charge
of 1p per �of overdraft. The change,
which will take effect in November, will
affect 20 million customers whose
accounts are with Lloyds and its other
brands, Bank of Scotland and Halifax,
making up a quarter of the market.
Nine out of ten customers will be better
off, Lloyds said.
The shift by the bank may put pressure on rivals to follow suit, particularly
as they face scrutiny by the Financial
Conduct Authority over current accounts. The watchdog said last year
that it would focus on whether overdrafts constituted high-cost credit. It
will report its findings this summer.
But observers pointed out that while
Lloyds is simplifying its charges, it
amounts to a high sum when calculated as an annual percentage rate.
Dominic Lindley, a consumer cam-
paigner, said: ?1p per day per �of overdraft might sound little, it is actually
equivalent to an effective annual interest rate of around 60 per cent. Overall,
this means that arranged overdrafts at
Lloyds cost around three times what
they did prior to the financial crisis.?
In 2007 overdrafts at Lloyds cost
19.3 per cent. Lloyds believes its new
system is fairer because most customers who dip into their overdraft only do
so for a few days at the end of the
month, so calculating the charge on an
annual basis is misleading.
A customer with a Lloyds Classic Account who goes overdrawn by �0
within the planned limit for ten days
will pay �40. Previously, they would
have been charged �38, the bank said.
Lloyds is also scrapping a range of
charges that are unpopular with customers, including the �or � daily fee
it levies on unplanned overdrafts,
which is in addition to 19.89 per cent interest. For planned overdrafts, Lloyds
now charges 19.89 per cent on amounts
that are more than � in the red. The
bank also levies fees when a customer?s
direct debits cannot be paid because
they are in overdraft. Those charges
will be dropped.
Unplanned overdrafts can be particularly expensive. Which?, the consumer group, calculated that fees could be
almost eight times more than the cost
of payday loans.
About a fifth of current account holders have unarranged overdrafts, which
generated �2 billion of revenue for
banks in 2014, according to the Competition and Markets Authority.
Lloyds? move is likely to stir fresh
controversy about overdrafts. Banks
have argued that they have to charge
high fees in order to cope with the
administrative costs and financial risk
of people going into debt in unpredictable ways. Lloyds will sacrifice significant income from the change but has
priced its new offer so that it can
continue to make a profit.
No reason to renew Navy
mission in Med, say peers
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even more perilous, the committee
said. It quoted an EU parliamentary
report which found that dinghies
accounted for 70 per cent of all boats
leaving Libya, raising the risk of death.
Operation Sophia was launched with
the aim of building up a better understanding of smuggling activities into
More than 180,000 people attempted
to cross from Libya to Italy last year
Europe from Libya. David Cameron,
who was then the prime minister, committed the Royal Navy?s HMS Bulwark
to help with rescuing migrants. Since
that time, a number of British ships
have rotated in and out including HMS
Diamond, a Type 45 destroyer, and
HMS Richmond, a Type 23 frigate.
HMS Echo, a survey ship, is currently
part of the six-ship EU mission.
A second phase, launched in October
2015, gave the EU naval forces permission to board, search, seize and divert
smugglers? vessels on the high seas.
Two further phases were envisaged,
to enter Libyan territorial waters to stop
traffickers and to operate from the Libyan shore. However they could be
achieved only under a UN Security
Council resolution or with the consent
of the struggling Libyan government.
The committee said that it did not
think either would happen soon. It
voiced concern that Britain and other
EU members ?have not been sufficiently engaged on Libya at the highest
level? to help shore up the government.
The report said it saw ?little reason?
to renew the mandate for the mission in
its current form beyond this year ?
something that must happen on July 27.
Part of the operation, which involves
the training of the Libyan coastguard,
should continue as a separate task, it
added. The report found that disrupting people-smuggling could most effectively be done from land. It welcomed
an EU suggestion to develop a new
Common Security and Defence Policy
mission for Libya. This should support
the Libyans in protecting their southern land border when the political and
security conditions allow.
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?Soft power? report calls for
global push of British culture
Dominic Kennedy
Investigations Editor
Museums and the BBC should be used
to promote a ?global Britain? after Brexit, a report urges today. The nation
needs to devote more of its aid budget to
education and improving governance,
according to a study on ?soft power? by
a think tank close to No 10.
Promoting culture will boost the economy because trust in British institutions increases foreigners? willingness
to invest. ?Exposure to the idea of the
UK as averse to corruption or ?foul
play?,? writes the ResPublica think tank,
?contributes positively to Britain?s global reputation. Locally embedded but
UK-administered institutions are in the
front line of the battle for the UK?s
reputation,? says the report, Britain?s
Global Future: Harnessing the soft
power capital of UK institutions.
It says Britain cannot afford costly
military interventions and should place
soft power at the heart of government
thinking. The new strategy must be led
by independent organisations such as
the BBC, cultural establishments, and
academic research bodies. The
strength of independent British institutions has saved the country from the
social extremism that has threatened
neighbouring countries, the authors
argue. This has been ?demonstrated
even in recent months: while terror
attacks have shaken our society, they
have not fundamentally jeopardised
our social order.?
The Brexit referendum, bringing
major constitutional change without
large-scale unrest, had improved international perceptions of Britain outside
Europe. The authors argue for British
overseas aid spent on education, government and civil society in developing
countries to be increased from �7 billion to �billion.
Crispin Blunt, who chaired the foreign affairs committee in the last parliament, said: ?The United Kingdom must
present itself to the world anew.? He
said a global Britain ?must be based on
. . . openness, fairness and creativity.?
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Recycle for
20 years . . . or
cut one flight
Will Worley
Flying visit The Duke of Cambridge visited RAF Coningsby in Lincolnshire and met Ken Wilkinson, 99, a pilot during the Battle of Britain, before an air display to
mark the 60th anniversary of the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight. The prince is patron of the flight and met several other veterans of the Second World War
Parents demand answers after
schoolboy was killed by cheese
Neil Johnston
The parents of an ?angel? schoolboy
who died from an allergic reaction to a
piece of cheese that was allegedly
flicked in his face have demanded answers from the school.
Karanbir Cheema, 13, died after 11
days in intensive care following the
incident at William Perkin Church of
England High School in Greenford,
west London, last month.
Police are treating the incident as a
criminal matter and another pupil of
the same age has been arrested on suspicion of murder and bailed.
Officers are thought to be investigating whether a pupil may have flicked
cheese in his face at break-time knowing that he had an allergy. Conflicting
reports suggest cheese may have been
sneaked into the teenager?s lunch, or
pushed down his throat.
Karanbir, known as Karan, was allergic to wheat, gluten and dairy, eggs, and
nuts. His dietary requirements were
well-known to pupils and teachers at
the school.
Speaking last night, his mother Rina
paid tribute to her ?selfless boy? and
described the final seconds she spent
with him in hospital.
?I raised him to be an angel and he
loved his family. I dedicated my life to
him, we were inseparable. I was not
ready to cut the apron strings yet, nobody can take me away,? she said.
?He went into cardiac arrest and he
died, but I got my chance to say goodbye to him. He had a smile on his face
when he went and we prayed until the
final second.?
She added: ?I want answers, I want to
get to the bottom of what happened. I
will be asking the school if he was bullied but my son was very popular, you
could not help but like that child, he
never made enemies.?
She said she believed that someone
might have rubbed cheese on the back
of his neck but added: ?You don?t go into
anaphylactic shock from that so we just
don?t know what happened, we want
answers.?
The boy?s father Amarjeet, 53, said: ?I
had to watch him die, no parent should
have to go through that. While he was
in hospital we were fully concentrated
on his condition, now we want answers.
How could this have happened? I don?t
Karanbir with his father Amarjeet. The
teenager was allergic to several foods
know how a piece of cheese hitting him
could have killed him, it doesn?t make
any sense. We have been told very little,? he told the Evening Standard.
After the incident on June 28, Karan
managed to alert staff before his condition worsened and was treated with
medication stored in the school office.
By the time paramedics arrived six
minutes later, the ?bright and keen?
Year 8 pupil was already in a life-threatening condition and was taken to Great
Ormond Street Hospital, where he died
with his parents at his bedside on
Sunday.
Karan?s parents said he kept his aller-
gies under control by using his own
microwave and fridge at home. He
would also make his own packed lunch.
Mr Cheema, who works for an engineering company, said: ?I am speaking
out because maybe lessons can be
learned. I do not want another family to
suffer like this.?
Yesterday the mixed free school,
which is rated outstanding by Ofsted,
denied that the boy was bullied, saying
Karan was ?a happy and successful
child, who was well-integrated into the
year group and well-liked by his peers?,
and there was ?no evidence? that its
anti-bullying policy had been breached.
Dame Alice Hudson, the executive
head of the Twyford Church of England Academies Trust, which runs the
school, said the group is now reviewing
its care plans.
She added: ?This has been a tragic
one-off event which has caused terrible
distress to all concerned.?
Police, who have passed the incident
from Ealing borough to the homicide
and major crime command unit, have
not given details of what caused the
allergic reaction but a post-mortem
examination is due to take place today.
Legal fight over gender segregation in Muslim classrooms
Rosemary Bennett Education Editor
Segregating girls and boys at the same
school on religious grounds creates an
?apartheid? and harms girls? chances in
life, a court was told.
Ofsted made the claim during a
Court of Appeal case involving a
Muslim school that segregates boys
and girls in class from the age of nine.
The inspectorate placed the Al-Hijrah School in Birmingham into special
measures after a two-day visit last June
because it said dividing the girls and
boys was sex discrimination.
The school challenged the findings in
court. During that case, heard last November, Mr Justice Jay found that there
was no evidence ?in this case that segregation particularly disadvantages
women? and no law had been broken.
The Court of Appeal must now
decide whether the school is pursuing
unlawful practices.
The outcome of Ofsted?s appeal
could have serious implications for inspections. Amanda Spielman, the chief
inspector, has made clear she takes the
issue of education and integration very
seriously and has used one of her early
speeches to urge schools to do more to
promote it, not least to deter radicalism.
Helen Mountfield, QC, representing
Ofsted, said the co-educational school
had created ?a kind of apartheid within
one environment? which gives girls ?a
sense that ?I?m different? ?.
She said boys and girls would be led
to perceive the separation as ?natural?.?
The case continues.
Living without a car would reduce
carbon output by 2.4 tonnes, and avoiding one transatlantic flight would save
1.6 tonnes of carbon every year ? the
saving that an individual makes
recycling waste for 20 years, research
has suggested.
The study, which looked at 39 peerreviewed papers, found that having one
child fewer is better for the environment than 700 teenagers dedicating
themselves to recycling for the rest of
their lives.
One child uses up to 58.6 tonnes of
CO2 a year, according to the report by
Seth Wynes, from the University of
British Columbia, and Kimberly Nicholas, from Lund University, Sweden.
Their work is published today in
Environmental Research Letters.
Vegetarianism, which saves 0.8 tonnes of CO2 a year, was found to be four
times more effective at reducing emissions than recycling and eight times
more effective than changing to
energy-efficient lightbulbs.
The researchers said these measures
had ?much greater potential to reduce
emissions? than what was currently
recommended and should be better
communicated to people. ?Our results
show that education and government
documents do not focus on highimpact actions for reducing emissions,?
they said. Highlighting these actions
could be an important factor in reaching the 2C climate target enshrined in
the Paris Agreement.
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Drink-drive
boss hit teen
then fled
Gabriella Swerling
A prominent businessman who had
spent the evening drinking wine and
cocktails crashed his Mercedes into a
teenager?s bicycle then fled, changed
his clothes and drove 130 miles away.
Owen Finn, 64, hit the back of Kiernan Roberts, 16, and left him with a broken neck and serious head injuries on
October 7 last year. Kiernan, who was
found in the road by his father, had lifesaving surgery and is still in hospital.
After the accident in Hull, Finn went
to his ex-wife?s home then drove to his
mother?s house in Birmingham, going a
long way round to avoid the crash site.
His ex-wife later turned him in.
Finn was president of Hull Chamber
of Commerce and on the evening of the
hit-and-run crash was returning from a
function. John Thackray, for the prosecution, told Hull crown court that witnesses described him as being drunk
and ?unsteady, wobbly, with altered
speech?. Another said that he ?couldn?t
stand up without holding on to the back
of a chair?. Finn claimed to have drunk
one glass of red wine, but CCTV footage
showed him drinking wine, a rum shot
and various cocktails. He was at more
than twice the legal limit.
Gary Bell, QC, for Finn, said that he
had behaved with cowardice and was a
broken man.
Finn admitted causing serious injury
by dangerous driving, failing to report
an accident, failing to stop, and drinkdriving. He was remanded in custody
and is due to be sentenced on Friday.
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No fun unless you?re rich:
Samsung snubs London
Alexandra Frean, Katherine Griffiths
A division of Samsung has chosen
Berlin for its European HQ because its
boss believes that the cost of living in
London makes the city ?not a fun place
to live unless you are really rich?.
Felix Petersen, the managing dir-
ector of Samsung Next, a $150 million
technology fund owned by the South
Korean electronics company, said that
he had chosen Germany for the fund?s
new European division because there
were no reasonably priced neighbourhoods left in London.
He said that it had become ?increas-
ingly hard for people to build companies? in the city.
Mr Petersen added: ?In Berlin, you
can do stuff without much money. You
can bike around or sit in the park. There
are uncommercialised zones. You can
experiment and play around with
technology in a more relaxed environ-
ment. In London, the cost of living, the
cost of getting around and the infrastructure mean it?s not a fun place to
live unless you are really rich, especially
for young people.? For those wanting to
have children, London had become virtually impossible, he added.
Mr Petersen?s words drew a swift rebuke from Russ Shaw, founder of Tech
London Advocates, a technology trade
group, who argued that London was
among the most liveable cities in the
world. Although surging rents had
pushed costs around the so-called Silicon Roundabout in Shoreditch, east
London, beyond the reach of many
startups, there had been a rapid expansion of affordable shared work space for
entrepreneurs all over the city, Mr
Shaw argued. He pointed to RocketSpace, a campus for technology companies that opened in central London this
month, as well as Here East, a digital
quarter for east London, located in the
Olympic Park.
Mr Shaw noted that investors had
pumped more than �billion into
London?s tech sector during the first
half of this year alone. ?Berlin has a lot
of catching up to do,? he added.
Mr Petersen?s comments on London
came as the leaders of two large banks
said that they might have to move thousands of jobs to the Continent because
of Brexit. Stuart Gulliver, the chief executive of HSBC, and Jamie Dimon, the
chief executive of JPMorgan Chase,
told a conference in Paris yesterday
that they would move jobs away from
London if Brexit negotiations prohibited London-based banks from carrying
out business inside the EU.
Mr Dimon said that he was on track
to move ?several hundred? of JP Morgan?s 16,000 UK jobs to the EU after
Brexit but warned that the number
could balloon. ?What happens next is
totally up to the EU. It?s not up to Britain. If the EU determines over time that
they want to start to move a lot more
jobs out of London and into the EU,
they can simply dictate that. The regulators can dictate it, the politicians can
dictate it,? he said at the Paris Europlace
International
Financial
Forum.
JPMorgan would probably use Frankfurt as its EU base, although jobs could
be spread between several locations.
He added: ?We have 16,000 people in
the UK but . . . 75 per cent of that is servicing EU companies, and if regulators
say one day, ?We?re not comfortable
with your risk people, your lawyers,
your compliance being in the UK?, they
can make us move it.?
Mr Gulliver said that HSBC might
move 1,000 jobs from Britain to Paris in
the event of a hard Brexit, a move that
would be easier after France?s pledge to
shake up the labour market, including
reducing taxes on bankers and making
it less expensive to fire them. ?The
package of reforms that was suggested
last week is very, very positive for
France if they?re enacted,? he said.
UK-based banks will lose their ?passporting? rights, which allow them to
operate freely across the bloc, as a result of Brexit.
Bank chiefs are hoping that the government will be able to negotiate a deal
with the EU to keep the status quo as
much as possible. The government has
made virtually no progress on the
matter, however, because of the EU?s
insistence on starting negotiations over
the so-called divorce bill that the UK
must pay to leave the bloc.
Paris woos banks, pages 38-39
Go whistle,
Johnson tells
Brussels
B
oris Johnson was last
night accused of making
?silly, arrogant? threats
against Europe after
telling MPs that EU
Brexit negotiators could ?go
whistle? if they expected Britain to
pay a large bill to leave the bloc
Srebrenica
Patrick Maguire
Jeremy Corbyn faced controversy last
night after it emerged that he spent part
of Monday evening with a journalist
who denies the Srebrenica genocide,
defends the Assad regime and suggests
that the murder of the Labour MP Jo
Cox could have been a conspiracy.
Mr Corbyn was pictured at a restaurant in his constituency of Islington
north with Marcus Papadopoulos, a
frequent contributor to Russian state
television. Mr Papadopoulos said that
they had spent the evening together but
a Labour spokesman said that Mr
Corbyn?s party had been joined only
briefly by the controversial journalist.
Mr Papadopoulos posted three pictures of the pair on Twitter. He wrote:
Having a wonderful dinner and discus-
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delays ?explosive?
report on race
Francis Elliott Political Editor
Matt Chorley Red Box Editor
Boris Johnson at No 10 yesterday. His remarks to the Commons about Brexit put the negotiations at risk, Jeremy Corbyn said
(Oliver Wright writes). In
apparently deliberately provocative
remarks the foreign secretary also
contradicted government policy by
claiming that ministers had ?no plan
for no deal?. Downing Street has
repeatedly insisted that Whitehall is
preparing for all eventualities.
Asked about Mr Johnson?s
comment David Davis, the Brexit
secretary, told a House of Lords
committee that ?bluntly, I wouldn?t
worry?, adding: ?You will have to get
the foreign secretary here to explain
his views if you really wanted to.?
Downing Street also distanced
itself from Mr Johnson, saying the
prime minister had been clear that
?we are a country who will meet
our legal obligations whatever they
may be?.
Mr Johnson made his remarks
answering questions in the
Commons on the government?s
Brexit strategy. He was asked by the
Tory Eurosceptic Philip Hollobone
whether he would make it ?clear to
the EU? that if they wanted a
?penny piece more? than what
Britain had already contributed
then ?they can go whistle?.
Mr Johnson replied: ?He makes a
very valid point and I think that the
sums that I have seen that they
propose to demand from this
country seem to me to be
extortionate and I think ?to go
whistle? is an entirely appropriate
expression.?
Afterwards the Labour leader
Jeremy Corbyn accused Mr
Johnson of making ?silly remarks?
that threatened the negotiations.
?I think it is ridiculous for the
foreign secretary to approach
important and serious negotiations
with that silly, arrogant language
that he so often employs,? he said.
Theresa May has postponed the
publication of an ?explosive? report on
race until the autumn in a further sign
of her weakened position.
The prime minister ordered an audit
in August to examine how people of different ethnic backgrounds are treated
by public services as part of her mission
to tackle ?burning injustices?, saying
that it would find ?difficult truths?. However, the report has so shocked senior
figures across government that its
publication, planned for this month, has
been delayed until at least September.
Details of the new Brexit immigration policy, originally due to be published in time to allow a summer-long
consultation with business leaders, are
also being held back.
The outline of a work permit deal has
been decided but disagreements, including about whether EU citizens will
receive preferential treatment, have
caused the timetable to slip.
Mrs May is committed to reducing
net migration to the tens of thousands,
against the advice of almost all of the
rest of Whitehall. The Home Office
says that it cannot draw up detailed
proposals until the shape of the Brexit
deal is known, with talks expected to
move on to Britain?s future trading
relationship this autumn at the earliest.
With seven sitting days before the
Commons recess, Tory whips are removing all potential flashpoints as they
seek to get Mrs May to the safety of the
summer holidays. They have tabled a
series of general debates on uncontroversial topics next week while resisting
pressure to give Labour the time usually allotted for opposition debates.
A Cabinet Office source said that the
report on public services and race was
?pretty explosive?. A Downing Street
insider said that it was ?going to be pretty bad?. It will show stark differences in
how people are treated by schools, hospitals, the police, courts and councils as
well as employers and the welfare state.
sion with hopefully the next prime minister of the United Kingdom . . . ?
Mr Papadopoulos, a magazine editor
and a member of the parliamentary
lobby, regularly attacks the mainstream
media and tweeted in December that
two of the worst atrocities of the Yugoslav conflict did not happen. He wrote:
?There was no siege of #Sarajevo, there
was no genocide at #Srebrenica and
there was no massacre at #Aleppo.?
He has described the prosecutions of
the Serbian regime?s leaders as ?acts of
monstrous treason? and in 2011 interviewed Radovan Karadzic, the Bosnian
Serb leader, while he was on trial at the
Hague for crimes against humanity.
Mr Papadopoulos wrote that there
?are always two sides to a story? but the
warlord was later convicted of genocide
for his role at Srebrenica, the worst
Marcus Papadopoulos joined Jeremy
Corbyn at a restaurant in north London
atrocity on European soil since the
Second World War, and other war
crimes. In April he tweeted that he
stood with President Assad of Syria
?100 per cent?, and last year questioned
the official version of events surrounding the murder of Ms Cox. ?History
teaches us that any tragic event . . . may
be subject to manipulation,? he said.
By day, however, Mr Papadopoulos
has a more conventional relationship
with politics. He is editor of Politics
First, a bi-monthly magazine with a circulation of just over 1,000. Mr Corbyn
wrote for its last issue.
Mr Papadopoulos dismissed the coverage of his encounter with Mr Corbyn
as ?absolute nonsense?. ?I stand true to
my convictions on what?s happening in
Syria and what?s happened in the
former Yugoslavia,? he said last night.
Ian Birrell, Thunderer, page 26
Cable turns fire on elderly
obsessed with migrants
Matt Chorley
genocide denier dines with Corbyn
New data compiled by the Cabinet
Office shows that in many areas welloff white people get a better service
from the state. For example, data on
waiting times and treatment suggest a
middle-aged white person with cancer
receives better care than someone who
is black. The audit is due to be published
annually, to name and shame government departments with a poor record.
The results collected are so politically toxic that senior ministers, including
Amber Rudd, the home secretary, are
understood to have warned that its
publication must be sensitively handled. ?We cannot just dump this out
there,? a Tory source said. ?It has the
ability to really kick off.?
The decision to postpone publication
was taken before Anne Marie Morris,
the Conservative MP for Newton
Abbot, was recorded using the phrase
?n***er in the woodpile?.
The controversy further complicates
the presentation of the report as Mrs
May considers whether to expel the
MP, who has been suspended from the
Tory whip, after an internal investigation. Mrs May said her comment was
?completely unacceptable?.
Sylvia Russell, the president of Newton Abbot Conservative Association,
dismissed calls for Ms Morris to stand
down as an MP, insisting that she ?hasn?t
got a racist thought in her head?. Ms
Russell told The World at One on BBC
Radio 4: ?It is very disappointing that
Anne Marie finds herself in this situation for an unintentional comment that
I am quite sure she never intended to
make. I am sure that any suspension will
be proportionate to what is involved.?
6 Ian Lavery, chairman of the Labour
Party, and Cat Smith, shadow minister
for voter engagement, have written to
the Conservatives, accusing the party
of ?nasty? and racist personal attacks
on election candidates. The letter was
sent to Sir Patrick McLoughlin, chairman of the Tory party, as MPs prepared
for a debate in the Commons today on
the abuse directed at them.
The vote to take Britain out of the
European Union was fuelled by elderly
people fixated on the idea of ?80 million
Turks coming to their village?, Sir Vince
Cable claimed yesterday.
The incoming Lib Dem leader said the
Brexit campaign formed a coalition
between nostalgic pensioners in rural
southern counties and ?bitter? voters in
towns such as Blackburn and Hartlepool.
The former business secretary said
there was a ?very real? prospect of
Brexit never happening, as politicians
and civil servants woke up to the
complications of leaving the bloc.
He also revealed that the 16-year-old
son of his former political enemy,
George Osborne, had joined his
campaign to win back his Twickenham
seat in last month?s election.
Speaking at a parliamentary press
gallery lunch in Westminster, Sir Vince
said ?a mixture of different interest
groups? came together to secure the
narrow win for Leave in the referendum last year. He said he spent most of
the campaign ?mainly around church
halls in Hampshire and Dorset and
Wiltshire?.
Of Brexit voters, he said: ?They were
overwhelmingly elderly people who
were obsessed by the worry of 80 million Turks coming to their village.
Immigration was a massive issue for
them though they never actually
encountered any.?
He blamed a ?sense of nostalgia?
among those who felt the Britain they
grew up in no longer existed. Other
?oddities? in the campaign included
British Indians in places such as
Leicester voting for Brexit in the hope
of more visas for people from India.
A second vote on EU membership
would ?kill the issue for ever?, he said,
and he warned that the economic
picture would worsen. Sir Vince will be
confirmed as the party?s leader next
week, replacing Tim Farron who quit in
the wake of the election.
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Use payment
apps to end
black economy,
ministers told
Sam Coates Deputy Political Editor
Philip Aldrick Economics Editor
Britain should move towards a cashless
economy in which the government
certifies electronic payment apps that
check people are paying the correct tax,
a review has recommended.
The Taylor report of working practices called for Philip Hammond to use
this autumn?s Budget to clamp down on
the ?hidden economy?, amid estimates
that cash payments cost the Treasury
�2 billion in uncollected tax each year.
Matthew Taylor, the chief executive
of the Royal Society of Arts and author
of the report, said the government
should accredit certain electronic
payment platforms to encourage the
move to a cashless economy.
?We recognise that as technology
evolves it should be possible to develop
platforms that would enable self-employed people to charge cashlessly, to
pay their tax as they earn and also those
platforms could start to develop into
ways those self-employed people could
save money for a pension or sickness,?
he said. ?The government might one
day want to incentivise people to do
that. Maybe, in the end it becomes a
system that is either compulsory or it?s
so obvious to use it seems odd not to.?
The report cited Revenue & Customs
(HMRC) figures which suggest that
cash payments to casual workers such
as gardeners, window cleaners and
childminders contributed to a hidden
economy accounting for about 18 per
cent of the gap between the amount of
tax due and the total paid. It also
suggested that use of approved
methods could be made a condition of
migrant workers? visas.
Jeremy Corbyn, the Labour leader,
said it was ?obviously? wrong for cash
payments to be used to avoid tax and
added that he would like to see the practice phased out. However, a Downing
Street spokeswoman suggested that a
total switch to electronic payments was
unlikely. ?I don?t think that there are
any plans in government to move to a
cashless society.?
Yesterday, Theresa May suggested
that she needed parliamentary consensus to get through primary legislation
suggested by the report. She said:
?We?re going to look at all these recommendations . . . and we will respond to
the report collectively, in due course.?
Addressing her lack of a parliamentary majority and the difficulty that
causes in implementing the recommendations, Mrs May said: ?I would
hope, as I said in my speech, that people
across the political world will see the
importance of addressing this issue.?
Labour and the SNP both declared
their hostility to central elements of the
report, suggesting that plans to
redefine ?dependent contracts? for
companies such as Uber and Deliveroo
are unlikely to reach the floor of the
Commons in this parliament.
The 115-page report suggested
changes affecting several sectors.
Gig economy
Uber and Deliveroo have blurred the
line between self-employment and
worker status and Mr Taylor said the
government needed to ?define the
boundary? in legislation. Workers, a
status distinct from employees and the
self-employed, should be termed ?dependent contractors?. Unlike the selfemployed, they are legally entitled to
the minimum wage as well as holiday
and sick pay. They also attract employer?s national insurance. The
review made it clear that Uber and
Deliveroo should classify their
combined 50,000 workers as ?dependent contractors? unless they
changed their business methods.
Zero-hour contracts
Trade unions were disappointed that there was no
move to give the 900,000
people on zero-hours contracts automatic right to
more secure work if they
were doing regular
hours. However, the review did propose a
higher minimum wage
for workers with ?nonguaranteed hours?.
Deliveroo blurs the line between self-employed and worker status and should classify workers as ?dependent contractors?
Tribunals
There was disappointment among
unions that the report did not demand
an end to �200 tribunal fees, which
deter employees from claiming wrongful dismissal. Instead, staff should be
able to establish their employment
status at tribunal for free, which could
help determine whether they could
take a case any further. The review
also proposed reversing the
burden of proof so that employers
had to show a worker was not
entitled to certain rights.
Agency workers
Mr Taylor sought to
close a loophole allegedly used by to pay
some
of
the
800,000 agency
workers
less
than employees
doing the same
job.
Leading article,
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Jobs fears, page 38
Labour splits over Uber
Henry Zeffman Political Reporter
A Labour frontbencher said that Uber?s
service ?brings real benefits to people?
hours after her boss argued that using
them was not morally acceptable.
Rebecca Long-Bailey, the shadow
business secretary, said that she refused
to use Uber, accusing it of exploiting its
drivers. Soon after, Chi Onwurah, a
shadow minister in her team, said that it
was beneficial for women?s safety.
Responding to the Matthew Taylor
report on the gig economy, Ms LongBailey told the Today programme on
BBC Radio 4 that she did not like how
Uber was ?exploiting? its workers, and
said that court rulings suggested that
drivers were not flexible workers and
needed the rights other workers had.
She added: ?I don?t want to see companies model their operation on Uber.?
Ms Onwurah, however, said: ?These
services bring real benefits to people.
As a single woman leaving a meeting at
11 o?clock at night, being able to trace
and see that your Uber is approaching is
a benefit.? She added that she would
reconsider using Uber if workers? rights
were not strengthened.
Mr Taylor?s report proposed reclassifying Uber drivers as staff rather than
self-employed contractors. This would
ensure that they were paid at least the
minimum wage and were eligible for
holiday and sick pay.
Wes Streeting, Labour chairman of
the all-party parliamentary group on
taxis, said Uber?s model was immoral as
it was ?based on predatory pricing
made possible by exploitation of drivers
and multinational tax avoidance?.
An Uber spokesman said: ?Almost all
taxi and private hire drivers have been
self-employed for decades before our
app existed and with Uber they have
more control. Drivers are totally free to
choose if, when and where they drive.?
Madame Hubris pitches for help from all the talents
Patrick Kidd
Political Sketch
I
t turns out that there are one or
two things Theresa May can
learn from Jeremy Corbyn.
Tardiness, for example. The
prime minister was running on
Corbyn Time for her Big Speech at
the Royal Society of Arts, eventually
showing up 22 minutes after the
scheduled kick-off. It was not, one
assumes, because of the hordes of
fans outside wanting her to sign
their marrows, as so often happens
with the Labour leader.
There was plenty of time for us to
contemplate James Barry?s painted
backdrop to the stage, a classical
scene showing a queen on a startled
horse, which was rearing up at the
sight of a group of young people
carrying a bearded old man on their
shoulders. If it hadn?t been painted
200 years ago it might have seemed
like a parable for modern politics.
Beneath a column on which was
painted the Greek motto ?aristeue?
? excel! ? Mrs May listened as
Matthew Taylor, chief executive of
the RSA, introduced a report that
she had commissioned on improving
working practices. Her face
resembled a mask from a Greek
tragedy: expressionless, colourless,
all sharp angles and turned-down
corners. Behold, Madame Hubris.
She gave little reaction as Mr
Taylor set out the fruits of his
think-tankery using phrases such as
?platform-based models? and
?one-sided flexibility? and managed
not to laugh when he suggested that
the term ?worker? should be
changed to ?dependent contractor?.
At one point he said it should be a
goal to remove the drudgery from
work. She gave him a look that
seemed to say: ?I like the drudgery.?
Mrs May?s countenance changed,
however, when it was her turn to
speak. The mask came off and there
was a bit of bounce to her. She
recalled her first speech as prime
minister, in which she had said that
she would tackle injustice, and
insisted that this was still her desire.
Her script was leaden ? ?as an
idea becomes an invoice, we will
back those who dare to dream? was
not quite Martin Luther King ? but
the sense of mission was back. She
asserted that her government is ?on
the side of hard workers and good
employers?. It was a more optimistic
speech than the ones she gave
during the election. Her own job
suddenly looks more secure.
The former cricketer Darren
Gough used to keep a list of leading
wicket-takers taped to the lid of his
kitbox and cross off the names as he
overtook them. It focused the mind
on tasks ahead. I wonder if Mrs May
has a similar list of prime ministers
by tenure in her handbag. She will
not finish all that high on it but
yesterday she could cross off Alec
Douglas-Home and she will pass
Lord Grenville at the end of August.
It was Grenville who in 1806 led
the Ministry of All the Talents, a
national unity government put
together to thwart a nasty challenge
in Europe. Mrs May would like a
similar consensus as she deals with
Brexit and pitched again yesterday
for support from other parties.
It was done in rather odd terms,
though. Since she now doesn?t have
a majority, she said, ?it will be
important to win the battle of ideas?.
Therefore, she went on, ?I say to the
other parties: come forward with
your own ideas.? A strange strategy.
?Give me the tools to beat you, since
I couldn?t do it on my own.? I
somehow doubt they will fall for it.
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Earn rewards for recycling fizzy drinks bottles
Ben Webster Environment Editor
Britain?s first reward scheme for recycling the plastic bottles most likely to
end up as litter is to be tested in big
cities.
Coca-Cola, Britain?s biggest soft
drinks company, is paying for the trials
after admitting that it needed to take
responsibility for the millions of bottles
it sells that end up as litter.
The government also said yesterday
that it would consider introducing a
deposit scheme. Lord Gardiner of Kimble, the environment minister, told
peers: ?We are going to look at a number of measures to improve recycling.
One of them is to have a full and proper
look at the impacts and benefits of different types of deposit and reward-andreturn schemes for drinks.?
The Scottish government said last
month that it would conduct a study on
how a deposit scheme for bottles and
cans might work.
Coca-Cola?s trials, due to start next
year after the company reaches agreement with city councils as partners, will
focus on bottles of up to half a litre,
Analysis
T
he promises
made by
Coca-Cola
and John
West to
reduce the damage
they do to the
environment are
partly in response to
aggressive campaigns
by Greenpeace.
The group has a
well-honed strategy
by which it picks on
the market leader in
an industry and
attacks it with a
blizzard of bad
publicity until it
agrees to make a
public statement
changing its practices.
The tactics include
getting hundreds of
thousands of people
to complain on
which are generally discarded outside
the home. People will be offered either
cash or a shopping voucher to return
empty plastic bottles of any brand to
collection points.
Coca-Cola said the scheme could be
introduced nationwide if the trials
showed that it improved recycling rates
and reduced litter.
More than 13 billion single-use plastic bottles are sold in Britain each year,
TMS
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Cable strictly
a gym bunny
Sir Vince Cable?s return to
parliament and thence,
unchallenged, to the leadership of
the Lib Dems has happened so
quickly that it risks interfering with
his social life. The Twickenham MP
insisted at a Westminster lunch
that he would be attending the
Edinburgh Book Festival next
month as planned before entering
the national ballroom dancing
championships in Blackpool. (In
between there is an inconvenient
break for the party conference.)
Quickstep Cable, who has danced
on Strictly, has hope of reaching the
finals for the second time. ?The
secret is to keep fit,? he says. ?I go
to the gym several times a day ? I
mean, week.?
Never let it be said that the Lib
Dems lack focus. On Monday Lord
Newby, their leader in the Lords,
introduced a piece of legislation: the
Opticians Act 1989 (Amendment)
Bill. Better check the small print.
bouncing baby rees-mogg
Diaries delight in frippery but
sometimes we do important work.
Well, the other ones do. Atticus, in
The Sunday Times, for instance,
played a key role in the birth of
Jacob Rees-Mogg. In his latest
book, Hunter Davies recalls how
he worked on Atticus in the 1960s
and discovered that the secretary
of William Rees-Mogg, then the
paper?s city editor, was hopelessly
in love with her boss. Mogg Major
did not suspect and after months of
unrequited pining, the woman had
decided to leave. Davies
heard about this and went
to Rees-Mogg, telling him
not to be such a blind ass.
The upshot was that he
proposed, they
married and in
time had a
bouncing baby
anachronism.
Davies also writes about
interviewing Auberon Waugh in 1965.
The novelist was seething about
some bad reviews and demanded
that Davies give a favourable plug
for his new book. Bravely, Davies did
so verbatim, quoting the author as
saying: ?Can?t you slip in somewhere
that my book is brilliant? Oh, and if
you have room, say furthermore it is
selling very well.? Waugh, who could
be vindictive, never forgave him.
strong and stable party
The election hangover may now
be receding but one Tory MP
remains firmly on message. Either
that or he is taking the mickey out
of Theresa May. Nigel Adams, a
government whip who ran Boris
Johnson?s leadership campaign last
year, is hosting a summer party for
MPs past and present next week.
The invitation says there will be
?strong drinks and stable canap閟?.
The chaotic ways of Thelma Holt,
grande dame of the London theatre
scene, are described in a memoir by
her former assistant, Sweetpea
Slight. One day, La Holt, below,
swept into the office and announced
dramatically: ?Darling, I feel sick!? It
turned out that the vain Holt, unable
to find her glasses at breakfast, had
poured herself a bowl of Go-Cat.
clinton wows the stones
Plans are afoot for the Rolling
Stones catalogue to be pilfered for
a stage musical, as has happened
with the music of Abba, Queen
and Carole King. It gives the
flimsiest of pegs for a story I heard
last week about Charlie Watts, the
band?s drummer, who famously
hates all the hoo-hah that goes
with being a famous musician.
Before one concert, he and the
other Stones spent half an hour
trying to be polite backstage to
guests before an agent ushered
them into a ?meet and greet? with
some fans. ?I thought we just did
that,? Watts complained.
?No,? came the reply. ?That
was Bill Clinton.?
patrick kidd
Twitter and
Facebook,
employing
journalists to
dig up and
publicise
embarrassing
information
about the
company and
organising
stunts outside
their offices.
an average of 200 per person. Only
57 per cent are recycled, with the remainder sent to landfill, incinerated
or left as litter. Millions of them end
up on beaches and in the sea.
Coca-Cola, which owns 20
brands including Sprite, Fanta
and Schweppes, sells 1.5 billion
bottles a year and 54 per cent of
those are the 500ml size.
Jon Woods, the company?s
Great Britain manager, said that
it would be spending several million pounds a year on the trials
Coca-Cola sells 810 million small
bottles of fizzy drinks a year
and also on doubling the amount of
recycled plastic in its bottles from 25 per
cent to 50 per cent by 2020. He said that
the cost would be absorbed by CocaCola and would not be passed on to
customers.
6 Britain?s most popular brand of tuna
has promised to reduce its use of destructive fishing methods, which ensnare endangered sharks and turtles.
John West?s commitment follows the
report in The Times that the company
had secretly reneged on a pledge to
reduce accidental catches. Several
supermarket chains had threatened to
stop selling John West tuna unless it
changed its practices.
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TIMES PHOTOGRAPHER JACK HILL
Blobbies on
the beat
get bigger
uniforms
Scotland Yard has long
been the country?s biggest
police force but some of its
officers seem to have taken
the title too literally (Fiona
Hamilton writes).
The Met has ordered
more than 8,000 plus-size
uniforms for officers with
waist sizes of up to 61in, it
emerged yesterday.
The force ordered nine
sets of male patrol trousers
for a 61in waist: six in
January and three last year,
according to statistics
obtained under the
Freedom of Information
Act. The biggest size for a
female was a pair of 52in
patrol trousers ordered this
year. The Met has also
bought three 50in
waterproofs for search
advisers and dog handlers,
The Sun revealed.
Scores of trousers were
purchased for officers
with a 43in waist and
there were seven pairs
of 44in cycling
trousers.
In total there
have been 8,420
plus-size orders
since last year ?
624 pairs of trousers
in January and 7,796
last year.
Tam Fry, of the
National Obesity Forum,
said: ?At any time officers
may be called on to
perform exceptional duties.
Chiefs should ensure they
Officers slip
into Lycra to
catch drivers
Will Worley
The Met has ordered more
than 8,000 plus-size uniforms
for its officers recently
are fit for purpose and
have the time and
facilities to keep in
shape.?
Police fitness tests,
in which officers must
complete a 15-metre
shuttle run, were
made compulsory in
2015. Those who have
completed the test say
that breaking into a
proper run is not
necessary to pass. Every
warranted officer gets
three attempts to pass, with
a six-week interval between
each attempt to allow time
to train. Officers working in
areas such as firearms, dog
handling and search and
rescue must obtain a higher
level of fitness.
Initial statistics showed
that the pass rate was 99 per
cent for men and 92 per
cent for women, causing
senior officers to examine
alternatives that allowed
officers to walk on a
treadmill if they could not
cope with the shuttle run.
The Met said that its
fitness tests were carried
out in accordance with the
nationally agreed
guidelines set by the
College of Policing.
A spokesman said:
?Fitness tests are
mandatory unless an officer
is assessed as medically
unable to do so, and carried
out annually.
?All job-related fitness
test standards must be
objectively set to reflect the
physical demands of the
role. Where officers fail the
test they will be provided
with development plans and
the support to help them
meet the standard. In the
unlikely event that this is
not possible more formal
steps may be initiated.?
Police have slipped out of their uniforms and into Lycra to catch dangerous motorists who pass too close to
other road users when overtaking.
Undercover officers have been
deployed in Birmingham, London,
Manchester and Leeds as part of the
Give Space Be Safe campaign which
began last year.
Nearly 200 people were pulled over
on some of the Black Country?s busiest
roads. Most were just given safety information, but 13 have been prosecuted for
a variety of offences. Police said reports
of ?close passes? had halved since the
scheme was launched last September.
Undercover work is increasingly
being used by traffic police to catch
drivers.
In March The Times reported how
police in Plymouth commandeered a
double decker bus so that they could see
how motorists behaved on the road.
Unmarked police cars were following
behind to pull them over.
Officers stopped 130 people in two
days, including 53 who were speeding
and 39 who were using a phone behind
the wheel.
Police also used a white HGV to
catch dozens of van and truck drivers
who were flouting the rules of the road.
The higher viewing angle of the lorry
allowed West Midlands police to see
into the cabs of other road users. In just
two weeks officers caught 91 people
engaging in reckless acts, including 56
who were using a mobile phone while
behind the wheel.
Motorists who use a device while
driving now face a penalty of six points
and a �0 fine, which came into effect
in March. Accidents in which drivers
were using mobile phones accounted
for 22 deaths and 99 serious injuries on
Britain?s roads last year.
lose marks for
Children?s worst bullying Pupils
unshapely semicolons
risk lurks in playground
Rosemary Bennett
Chris Smyth Health Editor
A third of teenagers are bullied regularly, with online abuse much less of a
problem than old-fashioned namecalling, gossip and violence, the largest
study of its kind suggests. Cyberbullying is mainly directed at children who
are already picked on face to face, with
fewer than 1 per cent suffering social
media victimisation alone, Oxford University researchers have found.
Scare stories about Twitter and Facebook should not distract from efforts to
fight older playground forms of bullying, which still cause far more misery,
the researchers say.
Girls were much more likely to suffer
all forms of bullying apart from physical attacks, the study found. It questioned 110,000 15-year-olds across
Britain, finding 36 per cent of girls and
24 per cent of boys reporting that they
had been bullied at least two or three
times a month.
?As a parent, that?s way, way too
high,? said Andrew Przybylski, who led
the research.
Twenty-seven per cent said that they
experienced face-to-face bullying,
while only 3 per cent suffered this
alongside online bullying, according to
the results, published in The Lancet
Child and Adolescent Health.
Teenagers who were bullied face to
face or online were both about twice as
likely to score lower on measures of
mental wellbeing. However, those who
suffered both types were five times as
likely to be miserable, suggesting that
bullying that followed teenagers home
could have a worse effect.
?It looks to me like there is an additive
effect, which makes intuitive sense,? Dr
Przybylski said. ?Cyberbullying is best
understood as a new avenue to victimise those already being bullied in
traditional ways, rather than a way to
pick on new victims.?
He said that despite parental concerns stoked by ?scaremongering headlines and pressure groups? he hoped
that his results would dissuade costly
and largely useless overreactions to cyberabuse. Jeremy Hunt, the health secretary, has called on social media giants
to block sexting among under-18s and
to use word-recognition software to
block online harassment.
The most common form of bullying
was mean names or mockery, reported
regularly by 12 per cent. The main
forms of cyberbullying were cruel messages, posts, emails or texts and unflat-
tering or inappropriate pictures put online without consent.
Shirley Reynolds, of the University of
Reading, said: ?Cyberbullying simply
adds another method to the bully?s arsenal and that the same children are
likely to be bullied, regardless of the
method used . . . This is in direct and
stark contradiction to the widespread
assumption that cyberbullying is a
common experience of young people.
Parents, teachers and young people
themselves may find this reassuring,
and probably surprising.?
She added: ?Much more attention
should be directed at reducing all types
of bullying and in helping young
people who are being bullied to deal
with this effectively, regardless of the
method.?
However, Claire Lilley, head of child
safety online for the NSPCC, said that
calls about cyberbullying had risen 88
per cent in five years. ?We know that cyberbullying can be particularly damaging because it doesn?t stop at the school
gates,? she said. Helen Stokes-Lampard, of the Royal College of GPs, said:
?What is most alarming about these results is not the different forms that bullying takes, but the huge amounts of
bullying that go on.?
Stronger than a comma; less emphatic
than a full stop. The semicolon has
enjoyed a useful and uncontroversial
place in written English for many centuries ? until this year?s primary
school SATs.
Examiners have been accused of
?spiteful pedantry? by teachers after
their pupils lost marks for the structure
and appearance of the punctuation
mark.
The 10 and 11-year-olds were asked to
insert a semicolon into a pre-written
sentence: ?Come and see me tomorrow
I will not have time to see you today.?
Many of those who put it in the correct place were marked down for size,
shape and placement. Teachers were
particularly irked when pupils lost
marks because of the direction of the
comma?s tail. Rather than rewarding
children for correct usage, examiners
were acting like ?punctuation police?
determined to ?catch children out?,
they said.
However, examiners countered by
saying that they were only following
orders, and uploaded the guidance they
had received.
?The semicolon must be inserted
between ?tomorrow? and ?I?,? it said.
?The origin of the semicolon must not
be under the ?w? in ?tomorrow? or under
the ?I?. The orientation of the comma
The top pupil was given full marks,
while the bottom one got it wrong
element of the semicolon must be
inclined to the left or straight down. It
cannot incline to the right.?
Brian Walton, head teacher of Brookside Academy in Somerset, said schools
had not been told that examiners would
mark pupils down for misshapen punctuation marks. ?The markers had guidance that none of the teachers, none of
the schools, knew about, so a lot of this
guidance about the size and the shape
and the orientation and how we form
letters ? we didn?t know that,? he told
the Victoria Derbyshire programme on
BBC Two.
Pearson, which administered the
SATs, said that marking was continuously monitored, with a review system
to ensure that pupils got a fair mark.
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More of us believe success is down to who you know
Nicola Woolcock
Education Correspondent
The number of people that think a rich
family is essential for success has nearly
doubled in less than a decade.
Growing pessimism about social
mobility ? and a belief that who you
know is essential for getting ahead ?
has been revealed in a report published
by the Sutton Trust. It also showed that
if social mobility was at the level of the
western European average, Britain?s
GDP could be increased by � billion.
Polling of 2,000 adults by Ipsos Mori
found that 40 per cent thought people
in the UK had equal opportunities,
down from 53 per cent in 2008. This
year?s respondents also were less likely
to believe that younger generations
would do better than their parents.
Asked which measures would im-
prove social mobility, almost half chose
high quality teaching in comprehensive
schools ahead of lower university
tuition fees and more grammar schools.
More teenagers from disadvantaged
backgrounds are going to university but
the report suggested that those from
well-off families were finding ways to
entrench their positions.
The value of coming from a wealthy
family was seen as essential or very
important by 21 per cent of respondents
in 1987. This figure was only 14 per cent
in 2009 but has increased to 26 per cent
this year.
Similarly, knowing the right people
fell in importance from 40 per cent in
1987 to 33 per cent in 2009 but has now
reached 54 per cent.
The report said: ?With the expansion
of higher education in the UK since the
1990s, we haven?t seen substantial
Wimbledon, Zen and Murray?s
art of returning superfast serves
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Jack Malvern
Andy Murray and his rivals at Wimbledon who follow coaches? advice to keep
their eyes on the ball at all times are
deluding themselves that it will help
them play, neuroscientists say.
The defending champion, who is
today scheduled to play for a place to
join fellow Briton Johanna Konta in the
semi-finals, has conceded that their
sport is not a thinking game because
the ball travels too fast for the brain to
process visual information. He was
responding to research by neuroscientists who found that professional
players must base their decisions on the
path of the ball before it crosses the net.
?I play my best when I?m not thinking,? Murray said. ?I?ve told many
coaches that. You're relying on instinct.
That's why practice and repetition is
extremely important, so when you?re
out there in a tight moment, you don't
want to be thinking too much. If you
are, that?s when things start to go
wrong. The less you?re thinking on the
court, the better.?
Slow-motion footage shows that
players? eyes follow the ball as it reaches
them even though the visual information is redundant.
Barry Smith, founding director of the
Centre for the Study of the Senses at the
University of London, said players were
fooled by their senses. ?They?re getting
the illusion that they?re seeing it,? he
said. ?The coaches are telling them,
?Keep your eye on the ball.? But we know
that?s wrong. We used to think that our
senses took in information and it would
go to the cognitive centres. But we
know now that?s not right [for tennis
players] because it would be too slow.
We know that the brain, having experienced similar events before, is predicting what it will receive.?
He said messages from the senses
travel to the brain as it sends a prediction into the nervous system. ?If those
two messages match then that?s fine but
if there?s a mismatch you get a prediction error. That?s when you learn. Every
time they?re predicting in a way that
didn?t work, they?re making a slight adjustment. The players don?t know
they?re doing this. They believe what
they?re doing is, ?Keep your eye on the
It was not just Novak Djokovic?s opponent who felt the heat yesterday. The
star criticised Wimbledon officials for
delaying his match and for the state of
the turf on Centre Court.
The world number four was told at
the last minute on Monday that his
round-four match on Court One would
be postponed until the following day
because it was too late to start. After
Pope makes
creation of
modern day
saints easier
Tom Kington Rome
Denise Lewis, Darcey Bussell and Fiona Bruce keep their eye on the ball as Johanna Konta wins her quarter-final yesterday
ball.? But that?s a perceptual illusion.?
The brain takes almost a tenth of a
second before it begins to process visual
information, which means that if a ball
is travelling at 110mph then players
must commit to their shot when the ball
is five metres (16ft) away.
Professor Smith said players needed
to be in a ?Zen-like state? if they are to
return opponents? first serves. ?When
you?ve been receiving serve after serve,
your brain has got used to modelling
the trajectories of the ball ? modelling
them so well that the brain is predicting
shifts of movement by looking at the
angle of their opponents? racket. The
times when they manage to return a
really good first-serve is because the
brain is correctly predicting what?s
going to happen.?
He said that although it was pointless
for players to track the ball between the
net and their racket, there was nothing
else useful for their eyes to do. ?If their
eyes are somewhere else they would be
taking in conflicting information that
would make the brain think, ?What am
I to do with that?? What they should do
is let the system do its job. What they
mustn?t do is think too much.?
He said that players may try to fool
their opponent?s instinctive moves with
feints but they risk overthinking. ?The
trouble with feinting or dummy shots is
that you?re between two minds. You are
interfering with your own prediction
system. In a very fast rally you don?t
have time for that.?
Cricketers are equally adept at predictions. Although they believe that
they are reacting to where the ball has
bounced, video footage shows that they
look at the spot before the ball arrives.
Elite players are highly specialised,
Professor Smith said. ?If you?re using
too much of the brain to do one task,
you?re not using it to do other tasks, so
you will lose abilities. These skills are
not transferable. You?ve got extremely
specialised athletes and you seldom
would get somebody who?s great at
tennis and really good at cricket.?
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jumps in social mobility. One of the
reasons commonly offered for this is
the ability of advantaged groups to find
other ways of protecting their position.?
Sir Peter Lampl, chairman of the
Sutton Trust, said: ?Britain has very low
social mobility compared to other
countries. Although progress has been
made, much more needs to be done.
The government should make improving social mobility a top priority.?
going on to beat France?s Adrian Mannarino on Centre Court yesterday,
Djokovic argued that their match
should have been moved to Centre
Court on Monday evening.
?We went to the referee?s office
before 8pm,? he said. ?There was security reasons. That was the only excuse . . .
I just think it was a wrong decision not
to play us last night, because we could
have played.? John McEnroe also criticised the decision. Referring to the
Court One match between Rafael
Nadal and Gilles Muller that delayed
Djokovic?s game, he told the BBC:
?When they went into a fifth set it was
clear that it was going late. Golden opportunity to put Novak Djokovic, the
three-time champion, on Centre
Court.?
The All England Club defended its
scheduling decision: ?As late as 8.30pm,
30,000 people still remained in the
grounds, and moving the match would
have created a significant safety issue.?
At one point in yesterday?s match,
Djokovic summoned the umpire to inspect a divot in the court. ?The chair
umpire in the end of the match asked
me about the hole,? he explained ?His
reaction wasn?t that great. Many
players, I mean, I?m not the only one,
have been complaining a little bit about
this condition of the court . . . The fact is
that, you know, the court is not in a
great condition.?
Pope Francis broke with centuries of
tradition yesterday by changing the
rules of sainthood to make it easier to
canonise everyday heroes who die
saving the lives of others.
?It is certain that the heroic offering
of life, driven by charity, reflects a true,
full and exemplary imitation of Christ,?
the Pope wrote in a ruling known as a
motu proprio.
?This is about canonising people who
might have worked with ebola patients
or rushed into collapsing buildings to
save people ? those who put their life
on the line for others,? said Gerard
O?Connell, a Vatican expert at the Jesuit magazine America. ?I expect this to
increase the number of people declared
saints.?
The ruling, debated by the Congregation for the Causes of Saints before the
Pope?s seal of approval, extends the
number of paths to sainthood to four.
The three previous paths were: martyrdom, where a saint is murdered for
his or her faith; living a life of heroic
values, such as Mother Teresa, who was
canonised last year; or being venerated
over a long period of time, such as Peter
Faber, a co-founder of the Jesuits, who
was made a saint by the Pope in 2013.
In an article in the Vatican newspaper L?Osservatore Romano yesterday,
the head of the Congregation for the
Causes of Saints wrote that the new
criterion would be considered the third
in importance, after martyrdom and
heroic values. ?We can confidently
assert that he who ends his life with an
heroic act of charity can be considered
a perfect disciple of Christ,? Archbishop
Marcello Bartolucci wrote.
Candidates must have lived a
Christian life and a miracle in their
name is required for them to qualify for
beatification, the first step towards
sainthood. The Vatican?s choices of
what constitutes miracles include the
unexplained recovery from brain tumours by a Brazilian man that led to
Mother Theresa?s canonisation after
his wife prayed to her.
The Pope has canonised 850 people,
including one of his predecessors, Pope
John Paul II. The high number includes
the canonisation in one go of 813 people
believed to have preferred death at the
hands of the Ottomans in 1480 in
southern Italy rather than give up their
faith.
Mr O?Connell said that the change in
the rules reflected the Pope?s bid to
make Catholicism more accessible.
?This is about bringing attention to
people who may not make headlines ?
and the more contemporary, the
better,? he said. ?Someone from the
Seventies or Eighties who gives up their
life is a more potent symbol today of
how to lead the Christian life than
someone from four centuries ago.?
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Hospitals pay huge locum bill for unfilled jobs
Chris Smyth Health Editor
Nine in ten locums are now hired to
cover unfilled permanent posts, according to figures that suggest the NHS
is struggling to attract medics without
paying a premium.
There has been a 30 per cent rise in
the proportion of locums used to cover
staff vacancies in the past two years.
Radiologists, who interpret scans, are
now the best paid locums, averaging
�5 an hour, and a ?persistent and
dangerous shortage? means patients
face long delays in getting test results.
Price caps imposed to bring down the
?extortionate? cost of stand-in staff are
routinely ignored, with the majority of
locum shifts paid at higher rates. Regulators have been trying to drive down
the cost of agency staff and are capping
pay for temporary nurses. The overall
bill fell �0 million to �9 billion last
year but a shortage of doctors has
meant locum rates have not fallen
much. Chaand Nagpaul, head of the
British Medical Association, said: ?Hospitals not being staffed properly is bad
for patient safety but consistent use of
agency staff also means that patients
miss out on continuity of care.?
The latest figures from Liaison, the
company that manages hospitals? staff
payment system, found signs of rates
coming down, with consultants? hourly
rate falling 2.3 per cent last year to �.
Only three out of 4,298 junior doctor
A&E locum shifts analysed were paid
below the cap of � an hour.
Locums are meant to be used to cover
holiday or sickness but researchers
found 2.3 per cent of shifts were for
these reasons. Instead, 86 per cent were
booked to cover permanent vacancies,
up from 66 per cent two years ago. One
in 28 shifts was paid more than �0 an
hour. Average pay for locum radiologists has grown the most, up 5 per
cent on last year to �5 an hour, with
some paid �0 an hour.
Nicola Strickland, president of the
Royal College of Radiologists, said this
was ?merely the result of the persistent
and dangerous shortage of radiologists
in the UK. Nearly one in ten consultant
radiology posts across the NHS are
now vacant, while the demand . . . is
ever-increasing year on year.?
A quarter of a million patients wait
more than a month for scan results
because of staff shortages. Dr Strickland said: ?Since 2010, around a third
of unfilled radiology posts have been
filled by locum consultants because
there simply aren?t enough consultant
radiologists to appoint.?
Jim Mackey, head of NHS Improvement, the financial regulator, has urged
locums to cut their rates despite criticism from medical leaders who say this
will not solve a problem of supply and
demand. The latest figures showed that
one doctor working a 63-hour week
took home �3,527 in one year.
6 Some hospital trusts have more than
1,000 unfilled roles and others have not
been able to fill key jobs for up to two
years. The largest gaps are in nursing,
according to an investigation by ITV.
England?s largest hospital trust, Barts in
London, has 1,732 unfilled jobs.
Jeremy Hunt, the health secretary,
told the broadcaster that the government was increasing and reforming
training for medical staff.
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Cuckoos lay eggs in other birds? nests and chicks pretend to be part of the brood
More graduates Peer faces jail
reject careers for menacing
in the City
Brexit activist
Nicola Woolcock
Education Correspondent
New graduates are shunning top City
jobs, with growing numbers unclear
about their future life plans, research
suggests.
The study identifies a ?tale of two
camps?, with an increasing proportion
of graduates rejecting the rat race, while
a hardcore of young professionals
pursue demanding careers.
The annual report by a research
company, High Fliers, said fewer of this
summer?s graduates wanted to work for
investment banks, partly because of
Brexit job market fears. It conducted
face-to-face interviews with 20,000
graduates from 30 leading universities.
The proportion of new graduates
applying to work in investment banking and finance has dropped from
11.4 per cent to 9.6 per cent.
?These results suggest that the ?class
of 2017? can be divided into two distinct
camps,? the report said. ?For those who
are heading for the graduate job
market, they are among the most
organised, employment-focused and
ambitious of their generation . . . But
there are signs too that more of this
year?s new graduates will be opting out
of the job market altogether, with increased numbers applying for postgraduate courses and more students
uncertain about what to do next.?
A viscount who offered �000 for
someone to ?accidentally? run over
Gina Miller, the Brexit campaigner, has
been told that he could go to jail.
Rhodri Colwyn Philipps, 50, the 4th
Viscount St Davids, called Ms Miller ?a
hideous jumped-up immigrant? in a
series of Facebook rants.
In a post about a ?collective register?
for Muslims he spoke of a ?new
crusade? to destroy ?the tyranny of
Islam? and its ?goat-f***ing brethren?.
He was convicted of two charges of
sending menacing communications on
social media. He wrote about Ms Miller:
?If this is what we should expect from
immigrants send them back to their
stinking jungles.?
Ms Miller, who was born in Guyana,
reported the post to police and spent
�,000 on security precautions
because she feared for her safety, Westminster magistrates? court was told.
Philipps, of Knightsbridge, central
London, accepted that he had written
the posts but claimed that he was not a
racist and that his mother was a firstgeneration Chilean immigrant.
He said: ?I know a number of Muslims who are dear friends [and] they
didn?t take offence. No one has taken
offence.?
Emma Arbuthnot, the chief magistrate, said that a prison sentence would
be the ?first port of call? when Philipps
was sentenced tomorrow.
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Briton killed
fighting Isis said
he was joining
Foreign Legion
David Brown
A British fighter was killed in an Islamic
State ambush in Syria after telling his
family that he was leaving home to join
the French Foreign Legion.
Luke Rutter, 22, apologised to his
family on the Wirral for his deception
in a video released after his death by the
Kurdish military group that he had
joined.
Mr Rutter died alongside two
American fighters three months after
completing his basic military training
when he was ambushed in a suburb of
the city of Raqqa on Wednesday last
week.
He had adopted the Kurdish name
Soro Zinar when he joined the People?s
Protection Units (YPG). In a video
Luke Rutter died in
an ambush after a
landmine exploded
posted on the group?s Facebook page he
apologised to his mother, Caroline, and
other relatives and friends.
?I lied to people I care about to come
here. I said that I was going somewhere
else, I didn?t,? he said.
?I apologise massively for that. Apart
from that I don?t regret my decision and
I hope that you respect it.?
Mr Rutter, who had no military
experience, travelled to the Rojava
region of northern Syria in March.
In his video Mr Rutter said that
he had learnt basic soldiering skills and
the Kurdish language during the one
month training course for recruits at
the YPG academy.
?My reasons for joining the YPG I
think are like everyone else,? he added.
?I think the YPG, they stand for the
best opportunity for peace that this
region might have.? A statement on the
YPG?s Facebook page said: ?Comrade
Soro travelled to Rojava in March and
joined the YPG to fight the fascist and
reactionary Daesh [Isis] gangs in
Raqqa.
?He was martyred on 5 July 2017 after
battling bravely in the terrorist group?s
so-called capital. The people of Rojava
will not forget his sacrifice.
?From the very first day until the end
of training, Soro gave the impression
that he knew what he was doing and
what he had come for, and he was
always eager to learn new things.
?We never saw him yelling at anyone
or complaining about anything.
?At the end of training in the
academy, when asked the usual
question addressed to every volunteer:
?Are you ready to fight?? He firmly
responded ?yes? and said he wanted to
fight the fascist organisation of IS.?
Robert Grodt, 28, an Occupy Wall
Street activist from Santa Cruz,
California, and Nicholas Warden, 29,
from Buffalo, New York state are
believed to have been killed in the same
attack.
The BBC quoted an eyewitness
saying that Mr Rutter had not been
killed during a planned operation but in
an ambush away from the front line. A
soldier in his group stepped on a
landmine which exploded and Isis
fighters attacked.
Mr Rutter is believed to be the fourth
Briton to die fighting Islamic State with
the Kurds in Syria.
Ryan Lock, 20, a former chef from
Chichester, West Sussex, shot himself
in December to avoid falling captive to
Islamic State.
Dean Evans, 22, a dairy farmer from
Reading, Berkshire, died in the city of
Manbij in July last year and the former
Royal Marine Konstandinos Erik
Scurfield, 25, from Barnsley, South
Yorkshire, died in the north Syrian
village of Tel Khuzela in March 2015.
Violinist to
royalty stole
�000 from
friend?s home
Will Worley
Victoria Yellop told police that she was out when the burglary took place in Kent
A violinist who played for the Queen
has admitted that she helped her boyfriend to burgle a friend?s home while
she was house-sitting.
Victoria Yellop, 34, hired a storage
unit to hoard the stolen goods and was
found in possession of cocaine, a drug
that she started using when she was 14,
a court was told.
Her lawyers said that she was coerced into her role in the burglary by her
abusive partner, Mark James, from
whom she has since broken up.
Yellop was house-sitting for Wayne
Taylor in Tonbridge, Kent, in September 2015. She called the police to tell
them that she had returned from a
night out to find that the property had
been broken into. James stole items including designer watches and shoes
along with �000 in cash.
However, neighbours told police that
they had seen Yellop at the house at the
time of the burglary.
Bridget Todd, for the prosecution,
said that Mr Taylor was also suspicious
of her account of events. ?She called Mr
Taylor and told him about the fictitious
burglary but he found her account to be
strange as she emphasised what had
not been taken,? Ms Todd said. Maidstone crown court was told that Yellop?s
version of events was ?entirely false?.
Many of Mr Taylor?s belongings were
recovered from the storage container
hired by Yellop. Officers recovered further items from Yellop and James?s flat
near Tunbridge Wells, where they discovered �000 worth of cocaine and
paraphernalia, including scales.
She admitted to perverting the
course of justice, theft and being concerned in the supply of a Class A drug.
But the court accepted that others had
been involved in the burglary and that
she had been manipulated.
Judge Philip Statman gave Yellop a
two-year suspended sentence, a twoyear community order and 25 days at a
rehabilitation centre.
James was jailed last year for five
years for his role in the crime.
Yellop began playing the violin at the
age of four and studied at Trinity College of Music, London. She played solo
for the Queen?s Golden Jubilee in 2002.
Chance to meet Stonehenge ancestors Grouse estate accused of
A ?house of the dead? dating from more
than 5,000 years ago could contain the
remains of the ancestors of people who
lived around Stonehenge, archaeologists have said.
A Neolithic long barrow burial
mound in a place known as Cat?s Brain,
in the Vale of Pewsey, Wiltshire, is
being excavated by experts and
students from the University of Reading in the first full investigation of such
a monument in the county for 50 years.
The barrow, which is in the middle of
a farmer?s field halfway between the
important monuments of Avebury and
Stonehenge, was spotted by aerial
photography and assessed by geophysical survey imagery.
It consists of two ditches flanking
what may be a central building covered
with a mound made of the earth dug
from the ditches, but which has been
ploughed flat over the centuries.
Experts said that it was surprising to
find lasting evidence of the building.
They believe that it may contain
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human remains which were buried
there in about 3600BC.
It is hoped that the investigation will
provide crucial evidence from the early
Neolithic period, when Britain?s first
agricultural communities and monument builders came into existence.
Members of the public can attend an
open day this Saturday to see the team
searching for human remains, artefacts
and other environmental evidence for
further analysis. Jim Leary, a director of
the Archaeology Field School, said:
?Opportunities to fully investigate long
barrows are virtually unknown in
recent times, and this represents a
fantastic chance to carefully excavate
one using the very latest techniques
and technology. Discovering the buried
remains of what could be the ancestors
of those who built Stonehenge would
be the cherry on the cake of an amazing
project.?
Amanda Clarke, co-director of the
school, said: ?This incredible discovery
of one of the UK?s first monuments
offers a rare glimpse into this important
period in history.
?We are setting foot inside a significant building that has lain forgotten
and hidden for thousands of years.?
In addition to the Cat?s Brain long
barrow the school is working at Marden
Henge, built in about 2400BC in the
Vale of Pewsey. It is the largest henge in
the country but has had little archaeological investigation.
trapping badgers in snares
Jerome Starkey
Countryside Correspondent
Police are investigating alleged cruelty
to animals on land owned by the Duke
and Duchess of Rutland after activists
filmed a badger, foxes and mountain
hare trapped by snares. The footage,
filmed on Moscar Moor in the Peak
District National Park, showed the
animals fighting against the snares as
armed gamekeepers arrived on daily
patrols to put them out of their misery.
One man, whose face was covered by
a scarf, shot a tethered fox. The same
gamekeeper was filmed trying to release a badger by standing over the
animal and repeatedly shooting the
snare. The Hunt Investigation Team,
an animal rights group that spent four
weeks collecting the footage, said the
animal had been snared and released
before. ?The terrified badger finally dis-
appeared on to the moor, bleeding and
with two wire nooses apparently still
around her neck,? the film?s narrator
said. ?Chances of survival were slim.?
It is legal to use snares to trap foxes
and rabbits and the Game and Wildlife
Conservation Trust said they were a
?vital part of predator control?.
The filmmakers said they were
?concerned the badger footage shows
illegality? and had passed it to
Derbyshire police. ?What we have uncovered is gamekeepers on the estate
setting snares and patrolling snares to
protect their grouse stocks, so that
when the shooting season starts there
will be a ready supply of grouse,? a filmmaker said.
A spokesman for the duke and duchess said: ?We are trying to establish the
facts but it is unclear where these incidents took place, who was responsible
and whether laws have been broken.?
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Skier takes on maneater mountain
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Tom Whipple
If all goes to plan, in a few days? time
Andrzej Bargiel will stand on top of K2,
having conquered one of the hardest
mountains in the world. Only then will
his real challenge begin.
Catching his breath in the thin air,
with China behind him and Pakistan in
front, he will click into his skis, push off
on the hard-packed snow ? and hope
that he will still be conscious to unclick
from the skis a few hours later, having
completed a historic feat in extreme
skiing.
K2 is known among climbers as the
savage mountain. A jagged tooth of ice
and rock in the remote Karakorum, the
world?s second highest mountain has
never been tamed in the way that the
highest has. Unlike on Everest, no
expedition companies offer all-inclusive summit packages with fixed ropes
and catering, and no Sherpas proudly
claim a dozen ascents or more. For
every four climbers who reach the top
of K2, one dies.
Bargiel saw those odds and decided
that it looked too easy. So the Polish
climber is planning to make the ascent
harder by carrying a
pair of skis the whole
way up, and then make
the descent considerably hairier by using
them to get back down,
dodging sheer rocky
cliffs, tottering seracs
and walls of ice.
If successful, he
would become the first
person to ski K2 from
the 8,611m summit to
the snowline far below.
He will not be the first
to have tried. In 2001 an
Italian called Hans
Kammerlander skied off
the summit. He had previously spoken of his
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world?s
highest mountains. ?Almost all peaks have
been reached, climbed on almost all
faces. But few of these faces have been
descended on skis . . . It would be a beautiful project,? he said.
But he lost his nerve after it got dark
and he saw a Korean mountaineer fall
and die. He took off his skis and climbed
down the mountain.
In 2009 and 2011 two other climbers
skied the bulk of the route, but both did
so having failed to reach the very top.
Bargiel is undeterred. He decided to
ski K2 when, in 2015, he was strapping
his skis on at the top of Broad Peak for
what would be a successful descent of
the world?s 12th highest mountain.
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first survey of India, when a
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deep Karakorum valleys
had not seen it. The
20th-century Italian
mountaineer Fosco Maraini
said that it was appropriate
that K2 had ?just the bare
bones of a name, all rock
and ice and storm and
abyss. It makes no attempt
to sound human. It is atoms
and stars. It has the
nakedness of the world
before the first man ? or of
the cindered planet after
the last?.
Pakistan border, he saw the imposing
pyramid of K2 on the horizon, and realised that it would be his next Himalayan challenge.
In the meantime, he has not been
idle. Last year he completed the Snow
Leopard Challenge, skiing down the
five highest peaks in the former Soviet
Union, all more than 7,000m high.
He knows that K2 will be a far more
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taineers
consider it one of
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the
the world. S
Since the ffirst
ascent in 1954, 299 people
have stood on the top,
compared with more than
4,500 for Everest. Some 77
have died trying, giving it a
25 per cent fatality rate.
Everest?s fatality rate is a
serious test. This week his team began
setting up camps on the mountain,
awaiting the weather window that they
hope will give Bargiel, 29, the opportunity to complete the route this month.
He thinks that he has a better chance
than any of the skiers who have gone
before. ?Previous attempts prove that
the descent is possible, provided you
had carried out excellent preparation,
little
over 3 per
cent.
6 In 2000 the S
Slovenian
Davo Karnicar was the first
person to ski non-stop
down Everest. ?I feel only
absolute happiness and
absolute fatigue,? he said.
He hoped to ski K2 this year
but pulled out due to injury.
were at the peak of sporting fitness and
had experience of skiing at such high
altitudes. And of course you had to have
a bit of luck with the weather and snow
quality,? he said. ?A quick descent on
skis could be seen as an even more difficult step on my Himalayan and skiing
career. But it would also be a feat
recorded in the history of Himalayan
mountaineering and skiing.?
Foodies get to grips with avocado perils Boy, 5, investigated by
police for iPad sexting
Anna Temkin
Fear of ?avocado hand? is pushing
home cooks to invest in an array of
gadgets to prevent trendy fruit-based
injuries.
Retailers and manufacturers say that
there has been a surge in demand for
tools that help people to grip, cut and
mash avocados properly.
Lakeland, the kitchenware retailer,
reports that its sales of avocado gadgets
are up 72 per cent since last year. One of
its most popular products is the Oxo
Good Grips avocado tool, which is
made up of a plastic knife for halving
the avocado, a built-in clamp with integrated blades for removing the stone
and a slicer that scoops out the flesh.
The manufacturer says that between
May and June this year there was a
17.5 per cent increase in sales of the tool
across all stockists, which include John
Lewis, Waitrose, Selfridges and Homebase. The gadget has become the
second most searched-for product
on Oxo?s website.
Lakeland also recorded strong
sales for its own dual-purpose
masher, which features a scraper at
one end to tackle the flesh and stone,
before mashing the avocado with the
other end.
The phrase ?avocado hand? was
coined this year after surgeons reported a growing number of patients
with stab and slash injuries from failed
attempts to penetrate the fruit?s hard
outer casing and to remove the stone
inside. Some cases involved serious
nerve and tendon injuries, promptLakeland?s avocado masher has
a scraper to scoop out the flesh
ing the British Association of Plastic,
Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons to call for warning labels on
avocados.
It seems that consumers have
taken heed of the reports and are
now proceeding with caution.
Kelly Howe, a spokeswoman for
Lakeland, said: ?Avocado sales are on
the up across the market, but more
recently, because of the reports of
avocado hand, people are looking for
safe ways to prepare it at home. The
increasing popularity of avocado
gadgets feeds into this.?
Lakeland has announced two more
innovations ready for the Christmas
market: gin fusion teabags, which,
when left to ?brew? in a glass of gin
will give it floral and spicy
flavours, and Kendal Mint Cake
f
flavoured
vodka.
Gabriella Swerling
Northern Correspondent
A five-year-old boy has become the
youngest person in Britain to be investigated by police for sexting, after sending an intimate picture of himself to
another child on an iPad.
Nearly 400 children under the age of
12 and their parents have been spoken
to by police about sexting in the past
three years in England and Wales,
freedom of information figures reveal.
More than 4,000 children under the
age of 18 have been dealt with by police
for sexting since 2013. The most common age was 13 or 14. The figures were
revealed by an FOI request to every
police force by BBC Newcastle. A ten-
year-old boy ? only just at the age of
criminal responsibility ? was cautioned by Northumbria Police for sexting. He sent an image of himself to an
11-year-old using Oovoo, a free imagesharing app. Greater Manchester police
recorded the highest number of child
sexters with 695 cases, including four
seven-year-olds and four eight-yearolds. The case involving the five-yearold occurred in Co Durham last year.
It is illegal to possess, take or distribute indecent images of someone under
the age of 18, even if the image is of
yourself. Claire Lilley, head of child
safety online at the NSPCC, said: ?It is
vital that parents talk to their child
about the dangers of sexting as soon as
they are given any technology.?
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News Tower block fire
One month on, how a litany of
Sean O?Neill Chief Reporter
The Grenfell Tower fire was Britain?s
worst national disaster since Hillsborough in 1989.
It began shortly before 1am on June
14 with a fridge fire in a flat on the
fourth floor of the 24-storey block.
Against a backdrop of rumours and
conspiracy theories, police have done
painstaking work to establish who was
in the building, who escaped and who
died or is missing and presumed dead.
They are confident the figure will not
vary much from the present, best calculation, toll of 80.
What has emerged in the four weeks
since the fire, however, is that the disaster was preventable. A long chain, with
multiple weak links, led to the tragic
events at Grenfell Tower.
regulatory failure
There are volumes of building regulations that are supposed to control the
supply, use and inspection of building
materials on construction projects.
Between 2014 and last year, Grenfell
Tower underwent a refurbishment that
included new heating and hot water
systems, remodelled staircases, new
windows and the attachment of an
external thermal insulation system.
That system was made up of commonly used materials ? rigid foam insulation board, separated by an air vent
from rainscreen aluminium cladding.
The insulation and the cladding are
both combustible and the vent between
them creates a chimney effect in the
event of a fire. Ministers have said that
some materials did not comply with the
building regulations but that could be
hard to prove in a court.
Britain?s building regulations have
not been fundamentally reviewed for a
decade despite warnings that they have
not kept pace with changing construction techniques. In 2009 six people died
in a fire at Lakanal House in Camberwell, south London. Five years later a
coroner told the government that the
fire should lead to a review of regulations. Frances Kirkham said the document governing fire safety was ?most
difficult to use? and called for it to be
written in more intelligible language.
cost cutting
The refurbishment of Grenfell Tower
was subject to constant pressure on
costs. Despite having �0 million in
reserves, the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea demanded costs
be pushed down. The original contrac-
tor, Leadbitter, was dropped when its
�.2 million proposal was deemed too
expensive. It was replaced by Rydon,
which faced further cost-cutting demands after the contract was negotiated. Emails obtained by The Times
showed the Kensington and Chelsea
Tenant Management Organisation demanding ?good costs?. That message
was followed by a decision to replace
fireproof zinc coated cladding panels
with aluminium panels with a polyethylene core to make a saving of �3,000.
Another saving of �000 was made
by opting for the polyethylene panel
rather than a slightly more expensive
but more fire retardant one.
building itself. The alarm system was
connected to a remote monitoring
station which had the task of distinguishing between real and false alerts
before telling the fire brigade. A key
reason for not sounding an alarm is to
avoid a panicked mass evacuation.
Fire safety experts maintain that
?stay put? is the right advice for people
in high rise buildings. If constructed
properly, the say, the flats and compartments within a block are designed to
physically contain a blaze and keeping
the stairwells clear allows firefighters to
gain access quickly. But the fire brigade
will be asked why it did not change that
advice sooner when it realised that the
blaze was out of control.
WARNING SIGNS
IGNORED
CLADDING
Exterior aluminium panels fitted in 2015-16 had a polyethylene
core described by one fire expert as solid petrol
cladding
Harley Curtain Wall, an East Sussex
firm, was subcontracted by Rydon to
carry out the cladding work at Grenfell.
In the middle of the project it went into
administration. Its debts included
�9,000 owed to CEP Architectural
Facades for cladding panels, including
the Reynobond PE panels used on
Grenfell Tower.
One fire expert said the polyethylene
core of the panels was, in essence, ?solid
petrol? and laboratory tests on similar
panels from across the country have
shown the material to be flammable.
An administrator?s report on Harley
said its financial crisis was ?affecting
the management?s ability to focus on
trading matters?. Nevertheless, the
owner of the firm, Ray Bailey, was able
to write off its debts, change the name
to Harley Facades and immediately
return to work at Grenfell Tower.
Harley was supplied with and fitted
cladding panels which, according to the
manufacturer Arconic, should not have
been used on buildings higher than
10m. Grenfell Tower is about 70m.
Another question troubling investigators is whether cavity fire barriers,
which should be fitted to cladding systems to stop flames spreading, were
correctly installed. The council?s building control manager signed a completion certificate on July 7 last year stating
he was satisfied ?the building work
complied with the relevant provisions?.
?stay put? advice
The policy of telling people in Grenfell
to stay put during the blaze is being examined as part of the criminal investigation. The Metropolitan Police team is
listening to all 999 calls and detectives
have found them hugely distressing.
The advice to stay put also explains
why fire alarms did not sound in the
firefighting resources
Dany Cotton, the London fire commissioner, has met Sadiq Khan, the mayor,
to discuss gaps in resources. Mr Khan
has approached the government for
more support for the fire service.
The tallest ladder available to firefighters had a reach of 32m. London
had to ask the Surrey fire service for its
42m aerial platform, the tallest firefighting appliance in the country.
The Fire Brigades Union says it believes that years of austerity, which
meant a 28 per cent funding cut and a
14 per cent fall in firefighter numbers
between 2010 and 2016, had an effect.
Ms Cotton told Channel 4 News last
night that she expected criticism in the
public inquiry but believed that only ?a
miracle? would have helped the fight
against the blaze. She added: ?I don?t
think anything available to us as firefighters anywhere in the world would
particularly have made a difference?.
the official response
Volunteers, churches, mosques and
organisations such as the Red Cross
responded to the needs of hundreds of
people left homeless but nothing
official seemed to swing into action in
the days after Grenfell. The vacuum
created disbelief that turned to anger
on the streets, with councillors besieged in their officers by an angry
crowd while a hapless Theresa May fled
a meeting with blaze survivors. Nicholas Paget-Brown, leader of Kensington
and Chelsea council, barred the press
from the first council meeting after the
fire, then cancelled the session when
his ban was overturned by the courts.
He quit along with his deputy, Rock
Feilding-Mellen, the man in charge of
the refurbishment of Grenfell.
UPPER FLOORS
The fire was most
intense on the upper
floors and no bodies
were found beneath
the 9th floor
INSULATION
The polyisocyanurate
insulation boards used
were also combustible if
exposed to intense flame
and gave off toxic gas
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DEATH TOLL
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the blaze have been
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Investigation Police looking at
more than 60 organisations
involved in management,
construction or refurbishment
of the tower
H
ed to the fire at Grenfell,? she said. ?It
appears that the DCLG is preparing to
be implicated in the upcoming inquiry,
highlighting the fact that this
Conservative
government?s
past
political decisions may have laid the
way for the Grenfell disaster.?
In a separate round of job advertisements, DCLG is seeking staff to aid the
government?s Grenfell Tower response
on the ground after it took over key
functions from the Conservative-led
Kensington and Chelsea council. The
advertisements said that the department was ?urgently seeking support to
lead the response to the fire at Grenfell
Tower? and needed experienced civil
servants for ?at least the next six
months to take a leadership role in
responding to this tragedy?.
The roles will include helping families with accommodation and financial
needs, as well as helping to determine
and drive through any changes in
planning policy.
S
The government?s housing department
is advertising for a civil servant from
outside its ranks to lead its response to
the public inquiry into Grenfell.
The Department for Communities
and Local Government (DCLG), which
has responsibility for homes, building
regulations and councils, has advertised for an official ?who ideally has not
worked in the department previously,
or has not had contact with the operational or policy delivery areas likely to
be subject to scrutiny by the inquiry?.
Sajid Javid?s department is recruiting
more than 50 people to the Grenfell
Response Team to improve the muchcriticised relief effort and speed up the
process of rehousing residents.
The internal government advertisement says that the head of the DCLG
inquiry team will be ?an intensive fulltime role for an initial period of 3 to 6
months while initial disclosure is
carried out, and public and ministerial
interest is exceptionally high?.
The successful candidate will earn
�,000 a year and lead a small team of
officials searching for documents, providing evidence and advising politicians on responses to the inquiry
chaired by Sir Martin Moore-Bick.
In a concession to community
groups, the judge yesterday extended
by two weeks the consultation period
for the terms of reference of the inquiry
until July 28. A spokesman for the inquiry said that ?there is a broad consensus that those affected need more than
the one week originally envisaged?.
Emma Dent Coad, Labour MP for
Kensington, welcomed the department?s move to appoint an outside
figure. ?It?s interesting to see that the
DCLG is looking for new employees for
the inquiry and that it is not seeking
people who may have been involved or
implicated in previous decision-making that could have possibly contribut-
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The coffins arrived one by one, covered
in green velvet with verses from the
Koran embroidered in gold thread.
Outside al-Manaar mosque in west
London, family and friends gathered in
silence to pay their final respects.
The bodies belonged to the Belkadi
family, who lived on the 20th floor of
Grenfell Tower. Farah, the mother, was
found dead in a stairwell with her sixmonth-old daughter Leena in her arms.
Her husband, Omar, also died in the
fire; their eight-year-old daughter,
Malek, died later in hospital. Among
the mourners at the funeral was
Tasneem, five, the only family member
to have survived.
Abu Mumin helped to lift the coffins
with his team of volunteers, who in the
absence of help from local authorities
have taken it upon themselves to deal
with the victims? burials. He is the
funeral planner at Eden Care, a small
Muslim charity that, despite relying on
donations to fund its work, is providing
free burials for the victims of the fire.
Eden Care operates in east London
but extended its services after learning
of the lack of support for the families. It
was providing help within 24 hours of
the fire. The charity?s first burial was
that of Mohammed Alhajali, 23, a refugee who had survived the war in
Syria.
?This has been the most heartwrenching experience of my life,? Mr
Mumin told The Times. ?I am all too
familiar with death but the thought that
these could have been avoided is hard
to accept.?
The delay in identifying victims has
made the burial process more difficult
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to manage, adding further distress for
those who have lost their entire families. Muslim funerals usually take place
as soon as possible after death but the
burials of those recovered from Grenfell have been delayed.
Mr Mumin and his team act quickly
as soon as they receive a call. They organise every part of the funeral, and
provide counselling and transport on
the day. ?Once the mortuary identifies
and releases the bodies, the families inform us and we take it from there,? he
said.
As he was explaining the process, Mr
Mumin?s phone began to ring. His
exhaustion was difficult to conceal but
he was holding himself together for his
next burial, the following day, that of
Khadija Saye, 24, the artist.
Two weeks ago, Eden Care buried
two other victims, Rabia Begum and
her daughter Husna, 22, who lived in a
flat on the 17th floor. They were identified by their dental records. Rabia?s husband, Kamru, and sons Hamid and
Hanif are still missing.
Mr Mumin has had difficulty sleeping after what he has witnessed in the
past few weeks. Volunteers have also
been affected, particularly during
home visits where families have shared
stories of the last time they spoke with
their loved ones. Anika Sadeque said:
?Post-burial has been emotional for us
all, but it?s really touching when family
members approach us after a burial and
tell us how grateful they are,?
Last week alone, Eden Care conducted six funerals. Dozens of victims have
still not been formally identified and
Mr Mumin and his team are on standby,
determined to honour the dead with
the dignified burials they deserve.
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Six bodies were found outside
the block. They are believed
to be people who jumped
Tallest ladder the fire brigade
had was 32m; tower is about
70m tall
The painstaking process of trying to
identify the dead from Grenfell Tower
was explained yesterday by one of
Scotland Yard?s disaster victim identification officers.
Sergeant Alistair Hutchins, one of
the first police search officers to enter
the tower block four weeks ago, said
that his teams had moved from finding
visible body parts to searching for
fragments of human remains.
He said his teams were now conducting ?a fingertip search of all flats of all
floors? that would last at least four
months. ?That will involve officers on
their hands and knees using small
trowels and shovels,? he said.
?They will be removing debris from
those flats and using sieves.? The sieves
will be able to pick up small fragments
of bone and teeth. ?All the debris from
that flat is than packaged and is kept to
one side and is marked with the floor
number and the flat number so we can
identify those bags.?
Survivors still endure their own traumas. Omar Alhajali spoke yesterday of
his dread of the fire alarm drill in the
hotel where he has been living. ?Every
time they test the alarm it reminds me,
and I don?t want to be reminded,? said
Mr Alhajali, 25, a student. He lived with
his brother, Mohammed, on the 14th
floor of Grenfell Tower and they
decided to try to escape the blaze. Mr
Alhajali got out but lost his brother in
the flames. Mohammed, 23, a Syrian
refugee, was the first confirmed victim
of the disaster.
?When I left my country I lost everything, now I have lost everything again
? my life, my documents, my history
and my brother who was my close
friend,? said Mr Alhajali, who is studying business. ?We came here to be safe,
we never expected anything like this
could happen here in Britain.?
Most of the people made homeless by
the fire are still in temporary accommodation. Only 18 out of 158 families have
accepted offers to be rehoused.
Mr Alhajali said that people he spoke
to around the relief centres and hotels
felt uncertain about what was on offer.
As with many other survivors, he said
he is never contacted or given updates
by the official relief teams. ?They promised to rehouse everyone but now they
are offering people places which they
say are permanent, then tell them they
are only for 12 months,? he said.
?After those 12 months we don?t know
where we are going to be. We don?t want
to keep moving.?
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Tributes to boy, 12, who drowned saving friends
A 12-year-old boy who drowned in a
river while attempting to help his
friends has been hailed a hero.
Owen Jenkins, a keen rugby player,
went missing near Beeston Marina on
the River Trent on Monday.
Nottinghamshire police said that
specialist rescue crews found his body
at about 10pm after a major search.
The boy?s grandmother, Lynda
Fletcher, described him as a ?friendly
giant? at nearly 6ft tall who would
help anyone. She said that he had
gone into the water to rescue two
girls. ?He?s supposed to have helped
them out and then he didn?t come
back. He would have been on the
front row for anybody.?
The boy?s great-aunt, Liz Ryan, 57,
said the youngsters had been told not
to play at the weir. She added: ?He
went in to save a girl and help her get
out, and he couldn?t swim much
himself. He didn?t think of himself.?
Owen?s rugby coach at Nottingham
Casuals RFC, Bryn Lewis, said: ?Last
time I saw him was last weekend. He
was helping younger kids with their
passing. It?s no surprise to me that he
died helping someone.?
Anna Soubry, the local MP, paid
tribute to Owen?s ?great courage and
great bravery? as she raised a point of
order in the Commons. She asked
why there was no one authority
responsible for the safety of rivers and
canals, adding: ?I think a minister
should explain how we can make sure
that all those places are safe for all of
us, especially young people.?
Lights out so that glow
worms can see a future
Owen Jenkins died at Beeston weir where he had been playing with friends
The lights are being turned off on a
cycle path between Bath and Bristol
to help glow worms looking for love.
Female glow worms, which are a
type of beetle, use bioluminescence to
attract males. Light from street lamps
confuses the males and is thought to
be behind a decline in numbers since
the 1950s. Blue LEDs will replace
lampposts until September. Cyclists
welcomed it. One said: ?Thanks to
whoever?s idea this was, bravo. Very
British, very English, very Bristol.?
Between April 2016 and July this
year 80 glow worm sightings were
reported in Sussex, 78 in Hampshire
and 76 in Devon. Bristol reported two.
Warm evenings may be behind an
increase in sightings.
Refugee from Iran becomes Bishop of Loughborough
A woman who arrived in the UK as a
teenage refugee after fleeing the
Iranian Revolution has been named
as the first Bishop of Loughborough.
The Rev Canon Gulnar FrancisDehqani, 51, was appointed to the
bishopric, which has been created
by the Church of England to
reach out to ethnic minorities.
Dr Francis-Dehqani, who was
born in Isfahan, central Iran, said
the church had a ?long way to go?
to improve its diversity. She
spoke at the General Synod
at the weekend in a
debate about the church?s
role in areas with large
non-Christian communities. Dr
Francis-Dehqani said she ?did not
experience the alienation of many
asylum seekers? on her arrival in the
UK because she had family here.
?Nevertheless, 27 years later, I am
still exploring questions about my
identity. I have a terrific desire to
belong: to be British and fully
integrated within the Church of
England and yet I continue to be
shaped by my Persian roots.?
She is married to Canon Lee
Francis-Dehqani, a rector in
Oakham, and they have
three children, one aged 17
and twins aged 12.
Head compared his staff
to Taliban, tribunal told
John Lewis TV deal ruled
misleading by watchdog
A head teacher at a troubled school
left staff ?afraid to breathe? and
likened working with them to fighting
with the Taliban, a disciplinary
hearing was told. Philip Jones, 50, is
accused of management failures
including not tackling claims of
bullying at Heolddu comprehensive in
Bargoed, south Wales. He allegedly
told a woman teacher that she would
be promoted ?so long as she didn?t get
pregnant? and is accused of dictating
coursework to pupils and copying
work from another school. Mr Jones,
who worked there from 2006 to 2013,
denies all allegations. The hearing
continues.
John Lewis has been reprimanded by
the Advertising Standards Authority
after a complaint that it inflated the
price of a TV to cover the cost of a
?free? sound bar. The retailer offered
an LG TV with a ?free? sound bar for
�999 on its website in February. A
customer, who understood that the
TV was previously available for �749
and the sound bar was sold separately
for �9, said the ?free? claim was
misleading. The retailer argued that
the discount was only available when
the TV was bought as part of a
bundle, but the ASA said it had often
been available at �749 and so did not
consider �999 the usual selling price.
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NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY
A spellbinding show of
old mastery on paper
Visual art Nancy Durrant
The Encounter: Drawings
from Leonardo to Rembrandt
National Portrait Gallery, WC2
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The painter Cennino Cennini?s The
Craftsman?s Handbook (c 1400)
advises: ?Do not fail . . . to draw
something every day, for no matter
how little it is it will be well
worthwhile, and will do you a world
of good.? On the evidence of this
exhibition it can do us all the world of
good ? by the time I left I was giddy
with its magic.
This is the first exhibition of
old master portrait drawings at the
National Portrait Gallery, surprising
not only because it is rather an
obvious idea but also because it is
almost impossible to get wrong.
Among these 48 pictures are works
by D黵er, Rembrandt, Bernini,
Filippino Lippi, Parmigianino and
Leonardo, Hans Holbein the Younger
and Annibale Carracci.
They date from the mid-15th to the
mid-17th century, a period during
which paper (as opposed to expensive
vellum) became increasingly
available, enabling artists to draw
more freely from nature and to
indulge in experimentation that
changed the course of western art.
The sitters here range from sullen
errand boys (my favourite a resentful,
tousled youth whom the famously
explosive Carracci has obviously just
ordered to stand for his portrait) and
shy-smiling maidservants, to fellow
artists, musicians (another Carracci, a
deceptively effortless pen and ink
sketch of the lutenist Giulio
Sir John Godsalve by Holbein the Younger, A Hunchback Boy by Carracci
and Rembrandt?s Studies of Old Men?s Heads and Three Women with Children
Pedrizzano, is so expressive) and
powerful courtiers such as the
fabulously aquiline Henry Parker, the
10th Baron Morley, by D黵er. The
latter are in the minority, which
makes a change. Though some
Expat editor ?murdered
wife and faked burglary?
Bel Trew
A British journalist charged with the
murder of his wife in Dubai tried to
cover up the killing and tampered with
evidence, according to police officials.
Francis Matthew, 60, editor-at-large
of Gulf News, a popular English language daily newspaper, is accused of
killing his wife Jane, 62, whose body
was found last Tuesday. The Dubai
authorities said he had since confessed
to assaulting Mrs Matthew without
intending to murder her.
Mr Matthew struck his wife with a
hammer during a row and then tried to
cover up the evidence, an official told
The Times. ?He claimed it was burglary
and staged it to look like it,? the Dubai
official said.
The couple, pillars of the British
expatriate community, had been arguing in their home in Jumeirah.
Prosecutors told Khaleej Times that
Mr Matthew confessed to throwing a
hammer at his wife twice after she
refused to talk to him and went to their
bedroom. The paper said he has admitted panicking and trying to stage a
break-in by hiding the hammer and
then scattering items around the house
before calling police.
The couple married in 1985 and have
lived in the UAE since the early 1980s.
A close friend, who has known the
Matthews for 30 years, said they had
been looking forward to visiting Britain
for their son?s graduation this week
from York University. ?They have always been such a devoted couple, both
of them hugely popular in the expat and
local community,? said the friend.
?I had dinner with Francis just a few
weeks ago. He said he and Jane were
really excited about going back to the
UK to attend the graduation.?
The friend described Mrs Matthew, a
former journalist, as a ?lovely person?.
He added: ?Francis was an absolute
gentleman, a very caring and considerate guy. No one can imagine him doing
anything violent. No one can understand how it could have happened.?
Their son, John, is believed to have
flown to Dubai to be with his father.
Mr Matthew met Sheikh Mohamed
bin Rashid al-Maktoum, Dubai?s ruler,
two weeks before he allegedly killed his
wife. In a photograph he shared on
Facebook he is seen greeting the leader
for the Islamic holiday of Eid.
The veteran editor faces the death
penalty if found guilty of murder.
Radha Stirling, head of Detained in
Dubai, a British-based rights group that
helps foreigners arrested in the UAE,
said it was unlikely he would be executed but warned of the likelihood of a
lengthy jail term.
She said that if he was convicted of
manslaughter he could face between
seven and ten years in jail. Foreigners
could typically negotiate a pardon or
transfer to their home country but only
after several years in jail.
Mr Matthew was educated at Winchester College before graduating in
Arabic studies from Exeter University.
He moved to the UAE in the early 1980s
and began working at The Economist
before becoming the editor of Gulf
News between 1995 and 2005. Abdul
Hamid Ahmad, editor-in-chief of the
Dubai-based daily, said that the staff
were shocked and saddened.
Mr Matthew is being held in a Dubai
jail while prosectors build a case.
images, such as D黵er?s studies of a
nude woman from his books on
human proportions (note the lovely,
fleshy armpits of the otherwise
standardised figure) or a couple of
sheets of exquisite little heads
displaying various expressions, were
intended as technical guides, the
focus here is forcefully on the notion
of the portrait drawing as an
encounter between artist and sitter.
The speed at which a skilful
draughtsman can capture a moment
in ink or chalk, and the qualities of
these materials, give the most
anonymous pictures individual life:
the eloquent hatching that traces the
sinews at the back of Pisanello?s
assistant?s skull as he poses, hands
tied, as a condemned man; the light
smudges of white chalk that capture
the way light bounces off springy
young skin in a drawing by one
unknown Venetian of another.
We don?t know the young girl who
sits for Leendert van der Cooghen but
her slight slump, and that vacant stare
that every parent of teenagers will
recognise, pinpoints her as on the
cusp of adulthood. Quite how
Holbein achieves the gentle crepiness
below the eyes of his Woman Wearing
a White Headdress is still boggling my
brain. Not every single scratch in this
show is an unassailable masterpiece,
but the vitality on display is thrilling.
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Footballers redraw hotel
plan after tough opposition
Jonathan Morrison, Gabriella Swerling
Gary Neville and Ryan Giggs have revised their plans to redevelop part of
Manchester city centre after the initial
proposals created widespread hostility.
The former footballers? �0 million
plan to build two bronze skyscrapers
fell foul of heritage groups, encountered local opposition and was withdrawn at the planning stage in March.
At the time, Neville conceded that the
plan had ?failed miserably?.
Historic England, the government?s
conservation body, argued that the skyscrapers would ?irreparably damage
the special character of the surrounding conservation area? ? not least
because they required the demolition
of a 1950s synagogue in Jackson?s Row,
a 1930s police station and the 19th
century Sir Ralph Abercromby pub.
Neville and Giggs have appointed
new architects, Hodder + Partners,
whose scheme features a slimmer and
more transparent 134.5m tower and
retains the Sir Ralph Abercromby pub
and the frontage of Bootle Street police
station.
The developers claim the hotel, flats
and offices, will create 1,500 jobs and
generate �7 million in tax over ten
The proposals by Gary Neville, top left,
and Ryan Giggs now feature one tower
years. Work will begin next summer if
planning permission is granted.
Neville said: ?We did not shy away
from the passionate debate but embraced it in a positive spirit and addressed the issues raised head-on.?
Historic England welcomed the
revised scheme, but said that ?the new
plan still needs work?.
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Outrage as stag party louts get naked on Norfolk Broads
Simon de Bruxelles
The Norfolk Broads are a place of
rest and relaxation where boaters
potter along sun-dappled waterways
accompanied by the splashing of water
voles. Or at least they used to be.
Locals are calling for a ban on
raucous stag parties after revellers
stripped a groom naked threw him in
the river and urinated on him.
Police were called to the incident
outside the Ferry Inn in Stokesby, near
Great Yarmouth, by horrified families
who up to that point had been enjoying
a peaceful day out. The celebrations got
out of hand after 30 members of the
party arrived ? dressed in costumes
from Peter Pan ? in four boats and
moored outside the pub on the River
Bure.
One regular boater, Clive Bygrave, a
witness, said it was all good fun at first.
?They were buying drinks and shots
and as they became more and more
drunk they became louder and started
swearing. Later they started throwing
each other into the water.
?They then threw the bridegroom in
and about five or six of them started
urinating on him. They stripped him
naked in front of everyone and waxed
him. By this time all the families there
had left. When the group eventually left
they were bumping their boats into
each other and one of them stood on
the bow urinating for all of us to see.?
Mr Bygrave, who reported the
incident to the specialist Broads Beat
unit of Norfolk police, said: ?I have been
boating the Broads for ten years and
have noticed general behaviour on the
river is getting worse.?
Writing on the online Norfolk
Broads Forum he added that police had
already received many complaints
about the party. The boat operator,
Barnes, had 30 stag boats out that
weekend and the total number was
probably double that. Mr Bygrave
added: ?Most of the weekend, stag parties disrupted the tranquillity of the
broads, partying until 3am at every
watering hole.?
PC Paul Bassman said: ?We unfortunately do have to deal with these types
of incident quite regularly. Alcohol is
often involved and most of the complaints deal with speeding and antisocial behaviour such as swearing.?
Greg Munford, chief executive of the
boat hire company Richardsons
Leisure, said that stag and hen parties
were not banned but everyone was
made aware that bad behaviour could
lead to their trip being halted. ?Fortunately this is a very rare occurrence.?
Amanda Walker, marketing director
of the boat hire firm Herbert Woods,
said that it had up to eight stag or hen
parties a month between May and
October, adding: ?The majority are
very well behaved. Any all-female, allmale or young groups are given strict
instructions regarding their conduct.?
John Packman, the Broads Authority
chief executive, said: ?Drinking alcohol
on the water can have very serious consequences for the safety of those on
board as well as other Broads users.?
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Jahed Choudhury married
Sean Rogan last month in
spite of death threats
Gay Muslim defies
bullies to marry
A
gay Muslim
who tried to
kill himself
after being
bullied
because of his sexuality
has married his partner
in what he believes is
the first same-sex
wedding involving a
Muslim in Britain (Kaya
Burgess writes).
Jahed Choudhury, 24,
who is from a
Bangladeshi family, said
that his mother had
always supported him
but other relatives
thought his sexuality
was just a phase and
treated him like the
?black sheep?.
Mr Choudhury said
that he had been on a
pilgrimage to Saudi
Arabia and Bangladesh
in an attempt to change
his sexuality after he
was spat on and called a
pig. He married Sean
Rogan, 19, who is not
Muslim, in a civil
ceremony in Walsall last
month. The pair met
after he had tried to take
his own life.
?I was crying on a
bench and Sean came
over and asked if I was
OK. He gave me hope at
one of my lowest points
and he?s stood by me all
the way,? he said.
The pair married in
traditional Bangladeshi
dress on June 22. Mr
Choudhury?s mother,
sister, older brother and
cousin and Mr Rogan?s
mother, two sisters and
brother were present
with a few close friends.
?I am the first Muslim
to have a gay wedding in
the UK. I have tried to
find others but I am not
aware of anybody,? he
said. ?Perhaps there is
someone abroad but I
believe I am the first in
the UK. It?s really very
hard to come out and
get married. Gay
Muslims do not have
weddings unless they
marry women.?
Tens of thousands of
same-sex marriages
have been conducted
since they were legalised
in 2014. No data would
have been recorded on
whether any involved a
gay Muslim.
A spokeswoman for
Imaan, a group for gay,
lesbian and transgender
Muslims, which took
part in Pride
celebrations last
weekend, said that she
would be surprised if Mr
Choudhury?s marriage
had been the first,
adding that she was
going to a same-sex
Muslim wedding next
month. She said that her
charity had helped gay
Muslim couples to
arrange a nikah, an
Islamic marriage, in the
UK and knew of such
marriages dating back
as far as 2000.
Mr Choudhury said: ?I
want to say to all people
going through the same
thing that?s it?s OK ?
we?re going to show the
whole world that you
can be gay and Muslim.?
He said his husband
was considering his
request to convert but
that they would struggle
to find a mosque willing
to help. He added that
they had received death
threats. ?People telling
me they are going to kill
me and that I should
never have been born,?
he said. ?But we are so
happy we are able to just
brush them off.?
pain
Boris bikers recycling same old routes Parking
costs billions
Graeme Paton Transport Correspondent
It was supposed to herald a cycling
revolution in Britain?s biggest city ?
boosting fitness, improving air quality
and helping to cut congestion.
London?s public cycle hire scheme
has certainly been hailed as a huge
success by transport chiefs in the capital, with the number of journeys surpassing ten million last year.
However, it would appear that its
appeal could be rather more limited
than previously thought.
New figures suggest that the
so-called Boris Bikes, nicknamed after
the former mayor, are mostly used as a
way of getting around Hyde Park rather
than as a realistic alternative to road
transport.
The statistics from Transport for
London (TfL) show that nine of the ten
most popular trips on the bikes over the
past five years were around the 350acre park. The most-used route
involved picking up a bike from Hyde
Park Corner and dropping it off at the
same place ? a journey made 117,733
times. TfL insisted that the bikes, officially known as Santander Cycles
because they are sponsored by the
bank, were a ?remarkable success?,
with records consistently being
broken.
The bikes were hired 10.3
million times last year, a 4.4
per cent increase in 12
months. The scheme is
being expanded beyond the
original central zone, and
a lightweight model of the
bike has been created to make
it
more
manoeuvrable.
It was also revealed that
far more users are now
signed-up members of the
scheme rather than tourists making one-off day
trips.
Sadiq Khan, the mayor,
said this year that the scheme
?helps to improve our health, air
quality and congestion?. QuesThe bicycles were hired more
than ten milllion times in 2016
tion marks remain over how userfriendly it is. A Chinese-owned
cycle-hire scheme called Mobike
was launched in Manchester last
month. It does not require bikes
to be returned to specific docking stations, making the process more flexible.
It is thought that other
Chinese cycle-hire companies are also looking to
establish footholds in cities
including Birmingham and
London.
Stephen Joseph, executive
director of the pressure group
the Campaign for Better
Transport, said of the London
bikes: ?They can be great for
cycling around inner London
but one of the issues with it is
that the scheme is not properly
integrated with the Oyster card
and seems to stand alone from
the rest of the transport network.
If those challenges were addressed
we may see a different pattern of
usage. Also it can be a bit clunky.
There is a question about whether the
use of docking stations is the way
forward.?
The TfL figures, published first by
Time Out, chart the ten most common
journeys. The second most popular was
from Speakers? Corner in Hyde Park
back to the same docking station, a
journey made 94,891 times in five years.
The only journey in the top 10 that did
not involve Hyde Park or the neighbouring Kensington Gardens was a trip
from Waterloo Station to Holborn,
which was made 26,198 times and came
ninth on the list.
TfL pointed out that Waterloo was
still the busiest single docking station
overall, with more than 6,000 customers on an average day.
Scheme members who sign up to the
hire programme rather than taking
bikes on a casual basis ? probably a
feature of journeys around Hyde Park
? have accounted for more than 38
million journeys. This compared with
14 million journeys from casual customers who pay �a day to use the
bikes.
Graeme Paton
Drivers are spending more than �0 a
year paying for empty car parking
spaces because of a reliance on out-ofdate technology.
Motorists are being routinely overcharged because they are forced to buy
a set amount of parking time that
stretches way beyond their real stay.
A study, by Inrix, a vehicle information supplier, found that the average
driver was overcharged by �9 over a
year. It also looked at the time and
money lost searching for spaces. In all,
drivers spent an average of �3 a year
in wasted fuel and lost productivity.
The total cost of ?parking pain? ?
time spent finding a space, overcharging and fines ? is an estimated � billion a year, Inrix said. It urged councils
and parking businesses to make better
use of technology that can direct motorists to vacant spots and charge them
digitally using numberplate cameras or
black box-style recorders to make sure
that they pay the correct amount.
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the migrant crisis
Roger Boyes
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n a Sunday morning in
February 2010 the
comandante, Hugo
Ch醰ez, stood in Caracas?s
Plaza Bolivar and took in
the view. Then he called over the
mayor and started to point to
buildings.
That building, he said, what is
that? Though he knew the answer
perfectly well. ?That is a building of
private jewellery shops,? the mayor
replied. As indeed it was. La Francia,
the famous Caracas landmark. Arms
outstretched, pointing at it, Ch醰ez
exclaimed: ?Expropriate it!
Expropriate it!?
And as Rory Carroll relates in his
book on the life of Ch醰ez,
Comandante, that is what happened.
Ch醰ez had not been alone when he
called for the seizure. He was on live
television, episode 351 of Al�
Presidente ? Hello Mr President. He
stayed on air for more than four
hours, badgering the humiliated
mayor to prepare and sign the
expropriation decree.
Finally, the deed was done.
Possession took place within days.
Pass by a year later and the shops
were boarded up and decaying. But
none of that could happen here.
Could it?
At my 50th birthday party I said to
my guests how lucky I?d been. When
I thought of the life of my parents
and grandparents ? how they had
been imprisoned and exiled and their
property expropriated ? it seemed
so blessed to have lived in the peace
and stability of Britain. And I felt
confident that it would last.
Five years later I don?t think it is
hysterical to feel a little bit less
confident. I?ve not gone mad. It?s just
a slight apprehension that wasn?t
there before.
I?ve always worried about the
?court of public opinion? and great
public panics and sweeping moods,
but never more so than now. The
idea that there is a single ?will of the
people? and that those who don?t
share it aren?t really people at all is
gathering strength and being
exploited by overreaching
politicians.
Take the moment when Jeremy
Corbyn said we could requisition
people?s homes after the Grenfell
Tower disaster and no one much
objected. He was, essentially,
pointing at buildings like Hugo
Ch醰ez and saying ?expropriate it?.
I wouldn?t want to give the
Who wants to talk
about property rights
after Grenfell Tower?
impression that being swept up in
the moment is confined to the left.
Not at all. The right likes its fair
share of attacking ?elites? and
catching the public mood on
immigration or crime. In adopting
the language of populism you might
even argue that the right has been
more sinned against than sinning.
But for me, one of the key
attributes of being a British
conservative is standing up to
populist enthusiasm when it
threatens limited government,
individual rights, due process and the
rule of law.
Indeed as the Conservative Party
considers how to rebuild its position
and renew its appeal to younger,
urban and educated voters, it may
find its entire argument resting on
the advancement of personal
freedom and parliamentary
democracy against a revived
socialism.
There?s lots to do to build this
position. A practical rather than
ideological approach to leaving the
European Union would be just one
example. But we have to start
somewhere, so here?s one idea.
The Conservative Party should
drop its opposition to the Human
Rights Act and its complaints about
judicial review. One day, you see,
conservatives might be very grateful
for these things.
Take Jeremy Corbyn?s call to
requisition property. At the time he
made it, with Grenfell Tower still
smouldering and displaced families
camped out in a sports centre, it was
very hard, politically, to respond.
Who wants to start advancing the
rights of landlords at a moment
like that?
But that is precisely the reason
why we have human rights
protection. In order that people can
secure their individual liberty ? in
this case the right to their property
? when the popular will is against
them. There is a reason why human
rights are often being claimed by
people the rest of us can?t stand or
want to get rid of. That is what the
legislation is for.
What Ch醰ez did in Venezuela you
can?t do here, not because the public
mood wouldn?t allow it ? isn?t it
obvious now that the public mood
can be swayed in favour of many
scary things? ? but because the law
wouldn?t allow it.
Not just human rights law and
international treaties, but also
of the arguments about human rights
and judicial review?
What use will its protests that it
merely wants to replace the Human
Rights Act with a British Bill of
Rights be against the impression it
has created? Especially when Mr
McDonnell can say that he voted for
the HRA and supported it against
repeated Tory attempts to overturn
it. Of course some of the Tory
criticisms of the act, such as the
exact role of the European Court of
Human Rights, are valid. It?s just that
this stuff is mostly nit-picking and
leads us nowhere. The party is
The party has never
had a coherent
alternative plan
Shadow chancellor John McDonnell
panders to the court of public opinion
judicial review, which ensures that
government acts openly and in the
public interest.
Anybody who has paid any
attention to the politics of the
shadow chancellor John McDonnell
over the past 30 years can surely see
the value of the legal protection of
the rights of the individual if he were
to hold high office. Or if Len
McCluskey of Unite were to become
influential in government circles.
How hard is it to see a future in
which newspapers, or religious
institutions, or housebuilders, or
big businesses, or educational
establishments, or people who don?t
want to join unions seek the
protection of the courts and the
Tory party wants to back them?
How is it going to do that having
put itself for years on the wrong side
putting itself on the wrong side of
the argument for no meaningful
gain.
The Tories have never had a
coherent plan for a British Bill of
Rights or anything approaching the
unity with which they need to
proceed. So why not admit that this
has been a blind alley?
How can Conservatives surrender
this territory to their opponents? To
maintain the liberty of the subject
and protect the rights of the weak
and the unpopular against an overmighty state is surely, in or out of
power, one of the central reasons for
being on the right at all.
daniel.finkelstein@thetimes.co.uk
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Hungary was right about the migrant crisis
Europeans are embracing the idea that nation states, not the EU, must deal with immigration
Roger
Boyes
@rogerboyes
T
here?s a German word for it:
Weltschmerz, the thud of
anxiety that comes from
living through, or alongside
global upheaval. Brexit,
Trump, serial terror attacks, the
Grenfell Tower fire, we have all been
touched by it, the galloping
migraine-inducing pace of events.
Imagine, then, what it feels like to
live on the Italian island of
Lampedusa, to have welcomed with
aching hearts the thousands of
refugees who washed up on its shores
after the 2011 Arab uprisings, and to
have shared the meagre
infrastructure, so poor that pregnant
locals have to take the long ferry ride
to Sicily for a check-up. Then to be
abandoned by the European Union
and the Italian government, as the
Mediterranean route became the chief
entry path into the Continent for the
desperate of sub-Saharan Africa.
Now the Lampedusans have turfed
out their mayor Giusi Nicolini who,
decked with international prizes, had
joined Angela Merkel as the
champion of an open, liberal Europe.
The locals want a mayor who will say
to the world that the island can no
longer cope; that Merkel?s ?welcome
culture? no longer works for them.
This is pretty much the story of the
south and east of Europe. Their
difficulty with strained infrastructure,
once so acute that populist parties
made political capital everywhere,
was never really addressed. Central
government?s priority in 2015 was to
provide a sticking plaster and it was
left to local hosts to struggle on as
best they could. Now the migrant
numbers are rising fast again. Last
year 181,436 migrants took the central
Mediterranean route, up 18 per cent
on the epic figures of 2015. This year
is shaping up to be just as high.
It has been two years since Merkel
announced her Willkommenskultur
and Europe is still groping around
for a solution. Centrist parties, in the
absence of a coherent multinational
policy, are adopting the tough lines
once advocated by the pariah parties
of the far right. Germany recently
tightened its deportation laws ?
rejected asylum-seekers can now be
detained and electronically tagged
The reasoning behind
Orban?s rhetoric strikes
a chord with many
long before their official deportation
date to prevent them slipping the
net. Personal data can be trawled
from the mobile phones of refugees.
Sebastian Kurz, the Austrian foreign
minister, said earlier this month that
his country should be ready to send
troops to the Brenner Pass if it
seemed that multitudes of migrants
were about to come over from Italy.
In Denmark, the centre-left Social
Democrats have been making
overtures to the anti-immigrant
Danish People?s Party. The Social
Democrats even backed the (rarely
used) jewellery law, whereby police
were allowed to seize the jewellery of
immigrants to pay for their stay.
Suddenly, it seems as if the
Hungarian model for dealing with
immigration ? widely condemned
as a violation of civilised European
values ? was ahead of its time.
Some 400,000 migrants travelled
through the Balkans and across the
Serbian border into Hungary in 2015.
They were on their way westwards,
drawn by Angela Merkel?s offer of an
open Germany, and very quickly
Hungary felt overwhelmed. Tough
police units were filmed beating back
the foreigners and Hungary was cast
as the ugly face of Europe.
Viktor Orban, Hungary?s garrulous
prime minister, presents himself as
the enemy of the EU liberal
consensus (though happy to take its
subsidies). Sure enough, there are
grounds for concern, not least his
hateful public campaign against the
philanthropist George Soros. It does
not bolster confidence when he
declares that ?ethnic homogeneity?
is a key to economic success. Yet his
reasoning behind the tainted rhetoric
does strike a chord with many
ordinary Hungarians. ?I do not want
to see the country drifting towards a
situation where lower-skilled work
would only be carried out by
foreigners,? he says. ?We ourselves
have to do the work required to keep
our economy going, from scrubbing
toilets to nuclear science.?
Orban?s point: if open immigration
leads to an underclass of foreigners
then it ends up sapping national
dignity. His critics say that since he
rejects the very idea of a benign
multicultural society, he does not
even want to make the effort of
integrating foreigners or making the
economy so porous that immigrants
can prosper. It?s not so much
populism as indifference.
The Hungarian prime minister is
plainly no saint but he has been right
in two important respects. First,
Europe really is adrift on immigration.
Second, it is ultimately up to nation
states to find the correct balance
between incomers and residents.
Many in the EU are already
quietly resigned to the idea that
fortification of the external borders
is the way to go. ?I would find myself
with Sebastian Kurz stating our
arguments to a roomful of ministers,?
Peter Szijjarto, the Hungarian
foreign minister, tells me, ?and I
would find the colleagues discreetly
texting me: ?Well said!? or ?If only I
could have said that!?? Political
correctness is blocking the way to a
collective recognition that the
principles of asylum have to be rethought, that the bar on allowing
refugees to work has to be lifted, that
Schengen borders can no longer be
as porous as they once were.
Hungary doesn?t have all the
answers but it recognises the migrant
crisis is a rolling one. We have to
brace for the eventual collapse of the
EU-Turkish deal which has kept so
many Syrian refugees out of the EU
over the past year. And if only a
fraction of the climate change
predictions are true, much of the
world will be trekking towards Europe
in a couple of decades. Let?s start
thinking more clearly about what that
means for our frontiers and the way
we are going to live our lives.
observation about different races?
manners on the London
Underground? I?ve reached the age
when kind younger people start
offering you their seats so, using the
Tube all the time when in London,
I?m able to amass evidence. Without
any question it is black and brown
men and women (British and foreign)
who are quickest to offer an elderly,
disabled or pregnant passenger their
seat. Next in this league of courtesy
come white non-British Europeans. In
all groups, younger people are more
considerate than middle-aged ones.
So at the bottom of the league come
older white British people.
There! Let?s hope Ukippy
types brand me a race-traitor
? or maybe leukophobe?
where I claim a group called Stiff
Little Fingers were playing. A
support act (I add) was a group
called 999 who performed a number,
and I claim that Mr Whittingdale
and I were pogo-dancing to this and
with raised fists bellowing the
chorus: ?Police oppression!?
Whittingdale, I added in the usual
precautionary way, denies the claim.
?I certainly don?t deny it,? John
told me yesterday. ?I remember the
occasion clearly. And it wasn?t Stiff
Little Fingers: it was the Angelic
Upstarts.?
I am pleased to correct the record,
and apologise to my Right
Honourable friend for suggesting
that after a few pints of lager he was
not brandishing his fist and shouting
?police oppression?.
Matthew Parris My Week
When I?m
not being
transphobic,
I?m biphobic
I?
m thrilled. I?ve been awarded a
phobia ? indeed not one
phobia but two. My collar has
been fingered by Gay Star
News as a ?gay journalist at
The Times? who made ?transphobic
and biphobic comments? in a Times
Red Box podcast. These comments
of mine are apparently that ?gay men
and lesbian women have enough in
common to feel a sense of shared
interest?, but (I said) transsexuals are
different, and their issues are
different. As for bisexuals, I
apparently said: ?I wouldn?t bother to
mention bisexuals because they?re
just sort of halfway between one and
the other and there?s millions and
millions of them.? A woman from
Los Angeles commented that I was a
?transphobic twatwaffle?.
I dare say they quoted me correctly
as that is certainly what I think. In
that Red Box podcast I was making
the point (I?ve written a Saturday
opinion column on this too) that there
is no LGBTQI+whatever ?community?
but only an array of very different
groups with different needs and
feelings, and not necessarily shared
issues. I would never support the
persecution of any minority group,
and certainly not of transsexuals, but
where questions of public policy arise
we?re all free to have different
opinions, or none, and it?s oppressive
of self-styled ?community? spokesmen
to try to bully everyone into the same
point of view.
Speaking for myself, I think the
gender rights of people who change
sex or want to is a very tricky
question indeed. I don?t know the
answer and try to keep an open
mind. Some gay men would share
my indecision. Others are certain
that all transsexuals are selfdefined and should assimilate all
the rights of the gender they
choose; others certain they
should not. As for bisexuals,
good luck to them, I say ?
it must be fun. The last
club most bisexuals I know
would want to join is an
LGBT etc ?community?
of any sort.
Whites only
A
nyway, while I?m
collecting
politically incorrect
epithets, would it be racist
for me to make an
Upstart member
A
t Westminster
yesterday I bumped
into the former
culture secretary John
Whittingdale. He
wanted to set me
straight on something
that?s been niggling him.
In my autobiography I
describe an occasion
when the two of us, both
young desk officers at the
Conservative Research
Department and both punk
fans, attended a concert at
the Lyceum in London,
Count me out
W
ill Tory Brexit headbangers
please desist from their
latest idiotic chorus that
?80 per cent of voters voted for a
Brexit party?? So millions of fellow
Remainers should not have voted
Conservative, as we did ? is that
what they?re saying?
The Conservative Party has got
this European issue horribly wrong,
as it has plenty of other great
questions in history (I could mention
Suez). But, seasick as we Tory
Remainers may sometimes feel, we
fight from the inside. Is that wrong?
Casual abuse of
the disabled must
be stamped out
Ian Birrell
I
t was good to see swift action
taken against the Conservative
MP Anne Marie Morris after she
used the racist expression ?n***er
in the woodpile? at an event this
week. Theresa May withdrew the
Tory whip, rightly saying that
?language like this has no place in
politics or in today?s society?.
All the opprobrium heaped on
Morris?s head is deserved ? her use
of the phrase reveals, at best, an
anachronistic mindset. Most people
accept that casual racism is not just
offensive but deeply corrosive in
society.
Yet where is the outrage when
contempt is displayed towards people
with disabilities? On the same day
Morris?s remarks came to light,
Dominic Cummings, key strategist
behind the Brexit campaign, railed
against ?morons? who were ?nearretarded on every dimension? in a
row over nuclear co-operation with
Europe. He is far from the only
offender. And this highlights how
one minority gets ignored in the
A nine-year-old boy
with autism was
mocked for laughs
battle against bigotry.
From the playground to politics,
words such as retard, autistic, moron
and spastic are flung as insults.
President Trump routinely used
?retarded? to attack foes as well as
mocking a reporter with disabilities,
although this clearly didn?t bother his
supporters. But then so do actors,
singers, columnists and comedians.
Frankie Boyle made disgusting and
demeaning jokes about a disabled
child ? yet ends up being hailed by
the left and given a BBC show.
Words matter. This is why Morris
was suspended and if Boyle made
racist gags he would be banned from
TV. They matter especially if
denigrating people with learning
disabilities, the most excluded group
in society. This helps to dehumanise
them, fuelling abuse and making it
harder for them to integrate. David
Cameron once said political
correctness was a good thing if it
stopped people calling his disabled
son ?a spastic?. I feel the same about
my daughter, who has learning
disabilities.
The author Kathy Lette recalled
last weekend how her son, who has
autism, came home aged nine with a
sign stuck to his back saying ?Kick
me, I?m a retard?. Some kids took him
to a party purely to mock him.
Others suffer far worse ? beaten and
even killed for being different. This is
the most extreme form of prejudice.
But how will anything change when
words such as retard are acceptable
and comics making hate-fuelled
jokes get primetime shows?
Ian Birrell is a freelance writer
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Spend more of our aid budget on sex equality
By making contraception more widely available in the developing world, Britain can spread fairness and prosperity
Alice
Thomson
@alicettimes
T
he first thing you notice
about Dany Cotton, the
commissioner of the
London Fire Brigade, is her
waist-length dark hair.
?When I joined as a teenager in 1988
I was made to chop it all off. It was
bad enough having a woman fire
officer,? she explained to me.
During the Second World War
women became fire watchers and
drivers while the men went to war,
but they weren?t allowed to join again
until 1978. Later, when quotas were
being discussed for women, some
male newspaper columnists were
horrified, warning that the plan could
?one day lead to needless deaths?.
Even now, women make up only 7 per
cent of the capital?s firefighters.
Cotton admits that while she won
her fire safety badge at Brownies
aged seven, she is not ?a six foot two,
hairy-arsed man?. But she was among
the first on the scene at the Clapham
train disaster after only three months?
training and she says every team
needs a range of sizes to crawl
through holes and bash down doors.
After Cotton directed her officers
for eight hours on the night of the
Grenfell Tower fire last month,
standing at the entrance of the
inferno, no one mentioned her sex. It
had become irrelevant. She now has
102 fire stations under her command
and is responsible for the frontline
response to 100,000 emergencies a
year, including terrorist attacks.
This year feels like a tipping point
for women in Britain. For the first
time their sex is barely discussed as
they reach senior positions. Cressida
Dick?s chromosomes were not
mentioned after the Westminster or
Borough Market terrorist attacks, just
This year feels like
a tipping point for
women in Britain
the new Met commissioner?s straight
talking and calm efficiency. Thirty
years ago, when they still had to carry
their truncheons in handbags, female
officers represented 7 per cent of the
forces in England and Wales; now
that figure is nearly a third.
The same is true in the creative
industries and politics. Alex Mahon
has just been made the first female
chief executive of Channel 4 without
any fuss. No one asks any more if
these women are up to an arduous
job or even whether they have
children. Stephen Hawking says he
feels there has finally been a ?seismic
shift? in gender equality.
It?s less than four months since
Theresa May met Nicola Sturgeon
and the Daily Mail, fixated on the way
they both crossed their legs, declared:
?Never mind Brexit, who won Legsit!? But already the British appear to
have got used to the fact that as well
as the prime minister and the first
minister of Scotland, the leader of the
Scottish Tories, Ruth Davidson, the
Scottish Labour leader, Kezia
Dugdale, the leader of Plaid Cymru,
Leanne Wood, and the leader of the
Democratic Unionist Party, Arlene
Foster, are all women. As President
Obama said when he met Mrs May
and her team, ?great gender balance?.
When Mrs May flew in Mrs
Foster last month to ask her for the
DUP?s support no one commented
on their female knees-up, or even
their knees, just the money that
could change hands.
There are now 208 women in the
Commons, up from 191 in 2015. In
total, since 1918 there have been only
489 women MPs ? so nearly half
have won seats in this century. There
are still ludicrously chauvinistic
comments on Twitter about Laura
Kuenssberg, the BBC political editor,
and misogynist abuse of some Labour
MPs, but this is drowned out by
derision from other women.
The British are taking the lead on
gender equality. Pay for working
mothers has finally begun to increase.
According to the Institute for Fiscal
Studies, growth in earnings of working
fathers has grown by only 0.3 per cent
in the past 20 years, compared to 2.2
per cent for mothers. Britain now has
a higher proportion of female
The goal is to get
contraceptives to 120
million more women
managers than most other European
countries at 35 per cent, according to
the Office for National Statistics, and
they are becoming permanent features
of senior management. Women still
only account for a third of the selfemployed, but it is women who are the
new entrepreneurs and the number of
female-owned businesses is growing at
twice the rate of US firms.
America, meanwhile, may be sliding
backwards to a world where the only
women who succeed rely on the
patronage of the president. Donald
Trump?s decision to limit access to
birth control for hundreds of
thousands of American women who
currently get it free under the
Affordable Care Act, on top of ending
funding for global family planning,
risks 3.3 million more abortions,
15,000 more mothers dying and eight
million more unplanned pregnancies,
according to the Guttmacher Institute,
a research and policy organisation.
But the British have stepped in to
help. Priti Patel, the international
development secretary, hosted the
world family planning summit
yesterday with the Bill & Melinda
Gates Foundation to boost access to
family planning in 69 of the poorest
countries. The goal is to get
contraceptives to 120 million more
women by 2020 to give them a
chance to plan their futures as men
do. This is exactly what our aid
budget should be helping towards.
Melinda Gates told me when I
interviewed her in Seattle two weeks
ago: ?We have to educate our sons
and husbands. America doesn?t have
a good track record: fewer than 20
per cent of Congress are women and
5 per cent of CEOs.?
There are still barriers to equality in
Britain: a pay gap, chauvinism and
glass ceilings, and we haven?t all
worked out how to share childcare
between working couples. But Britain
has finally perhaps arrived at the
point that Mary Wollstonecraft hoped
for in 1792, when she wrote that she
didn?t wish for women to have power
over men, ?but over themselves?.
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The chairing of the Grenfell Tower inquiry
Assange?s asylum
Sir, The assertion by the Ecuadorean
ambassador that Julian Assange is
unreasonably deprived of his liberty is
wrong (letter, July 10). It is based on
the illogical non-binding opinion by a
UN working group that Mr Assange is
arbitrarily detained. In fact Mr
Assange can walk out of the door
whenever he wishes to.
It is one thing for Mr Assange to
seek unmerited sanctuary in the
Ecuadorean embassy, something for
which the Vienna Convention was
never intended; it is another for the
host country to permit him to do so
and then attack the UK for it. Mr
Assange has spent five years in the
Ecuadorean embassy by his own
choice. The best way of ending this
saga is for the new Ecuadorean
government to ask him to leave rather
than imply that the UK or anyone
else should give him safe passage to
escape from the justice he should face.
sir alan duncan
Minister for Europe and
the Americas, the Foreign Office
Selling arms
Sir, Even though the High Court has
ruled in favour of UK government
licences to sell arms to Saudi Arabia,
we urge ministers to consider the
irrefutable moral argument against
selling arms that are likely to
exacerbate an already horrific conflict
(?Our values matter more than deals
with Saudis?, Comment, July 11).
The government must be prepared
to forgo short-term financial gain for
the sake of longer-term global
stability. As a world leader in
humanitarian aid, the UK must
ensure its policies and practices to
protect civilians are consistent.
The judgment does not change the
fact that millions of innocent civilians
are being caught up in the fighting
and are facing shortages. The
government must focus on ensuring
that essential supplies can get
through. Most importantly, every
diplomatic effort must be used to
press for a political solution in Yemen.
nigel harris
Chief executive, Tearfund
Sir, It was sad to read Clare Foges?s
enumeration of the comments on the
judge who has, in his retirement, put
his head above the parapet in
agreeing to take on the Grenfell
Tower inquiry (?Grenfell has exposed
the left?s class prejudice?, Comment,
July 10). Some of the commentators
are leaders of communities and might
have shown restraint. Others follow
their lead.
I do not know Sir Martin
Moore-Bick. My legal practice over
50 years was in a different field. If you
do not turn to judges to hear
evidence, to whom do you turn?
?Who is to guard the guardians??
To condemn a person because of
his background is in the same vein as
the headline a few months ago in
another newspaper describing judges
as ?Enemies of the people?.
I happen to come from a modest
background. I believe I acquired a
degree of competence as a lawyer and
as a part-time judge. My feet were
firmly on the ground by representing
a steel-making constituency for more
than 40 years. This does not make me
more or less suitable to hear evidence
and come to conclusions than
somebody from a less modest
background. I thought our aim was a
society of equals.
With a strong and experienced
judge, chosen by the lord chief justice,
used to assessing complicated
evidence, there is a chance of a
speedy finding by a competent
tribunal.
The victims? paramount need now,
after satisfactory rehousing, is for
someone to get on with it.
lord morris of aberavon
(Attorney-general, 1997-1999)
Immigration laws
Mr Hanratty rightly points out
some of the difficulties with achieving
returns and certainly I am pressing
for much more. But it may be useful
to note that we are unaware of any
other country which operates robust
immigration laws, in concert with
robust defence of human rights, as
successfully as the UK.
brandon lewis
Immigration minister
Sir, Your readers will have enjoyed
the historical perspective on the
enforcement of our immigration laws
as represented in James Hanratty?s
excerpt (?Lack of enforcement is
frustrating, says former immigration
judge?, Law, July 6), but they should
know it is a historical perspective.
As Mr Hanratty points out, the UK
Border Agency was a troubled
organisation that struggled with its
focus. That is why the previous home
secretary abolished it in 2013.
Enforcement responsibilities were
passed to an executive arm of the
home office.
Mr Hanratty also speculates on the
mystery of how many illegal migrants
are removed from the UK. I can
confirm that data is published every
quarter. Most recently it shows that
38,000 illegal migrants returned from
the UK last year ? 12,500 of these
returns were enforced and 6,200 were
foreign criminals, the highest ever.
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July 11). Taylor beat Borg. We
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July 11). The Prince and Princess of
Wales were prevented by crowds from
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on their 1985 visit to the city.
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Wednesday July 12 2017 | the times
on this day july 12, 1917
SINN FEIN
VICTORY IN
EAST CLARE
The result of the East Clare election
was declared at Ennis today as
follows: Mr Eamonn de Valera (Sinn
Fein), 5,010. Mr P Lynch (Official
Nationalist), 2,035. Sinn Fein
majority, 2,975. The figures were
received with jubilation by Mr de
Valera?s supporters. Mr Lynch?s
followers were thunderstruck by the
utterly unexpected size of the Sinn
Fein majority. A similar feeling
prevailed in Dublin when the news
Sir, I do wonder why inquiries such as
Grenfell Tower, which deal with
traumatic events, cannot be overseen
by a judicially chaired panel
comprising a selected number of
members, each one of whom is
deemed to be able to represent those
who have a clearly vested interest in
the ultimate emergence of the truth.
Is finding one individual,
acceptable to all interested parties,
simply too much to hope for?
the right rev john d e davies
Bishop of Swansea and Brecon
Sir, Despite the trauma experienced
by Grenfell Tower former residents,
I am becoming irritated by the lack of
confidence in Sir Martin Moore-Bick.
Let the residents and/or their
MP, Emma Dent Coad, supply four
names of other possible candidates.
Cuts to youth
service budgets
Sir, Rachel Sylvester (?Pocket money,
phone, Rambo knife?, Magazine, July
8) highlights the problem of gangs
and knives in London, but does not
refer to the dramatic cuts to youth
and community services as a result of
government austerity policies.
Over the past five years London
local authorities, on average, have cut
youth service budgets by 34 per cent
totalling � million, with higher cuts
became known. Men of all parties
admitted that here was a portent in
Irish politics which must have farreaching results. Previously the Sinn
Feiners had shown their strength in
South Longford and North
Roscommon. Their victories were
attributed less to the appeal of a
definite programme, which indeed
did not exist, than to discontent with
the Nationalist Party and anger at
the treatment of the rebellion
prisoners. In order to make an
atmosphere for the Irish Convention
the Government released the
rebellion prisoners. The result was
not according to its hopes. Mr de
Valera and Mr Macneill instantly
asserted leadership of the Sinn Fein
party, proclaimed a policy of open
war on British authority in Ireland,
and were fortunate in finding in East
Clare a dramatic opportunity for the
beginning of their campaign.
The policy for which Mr de Valera
invited the support of the electors
was stated with the utmost candour.
The Sinn Fein Party demands
absolute independence for Ireland
and representation at the Peace
Lord Falconer has declared Sir
Martin Moore-Bick to be the best
person to lead the inquiry. That is a
good enough recommendation for
me, a non-Labour voter.
a maitland
Crawley, W Sussex
Sir, To understand why accusations
of politically motivated negligence
resonate with the Grenfell Tower
victims, you have to think about
the context in which this tragedy
has occurred.
The victims are economically and
socially closest to the results of
policies that include zero-hour
contracts, extortionate energy bills,
pay-day loan companies that charge
interest rates of more than 1,000 per
cent, an increase in homelessness, the
disabled being deprived of personal
independence payments and the slow
collapse of the NHS.
Any doubts that they are the
victims of politically motivated
negligence would surely have been
dispelled when they heard that their
council had a surplus of several
million pounds, which it had
planned to give back to taxpayers
as rebates.
christopher sterling
Harpenden, Herts
planned for 2017/2018. Grants to
voluntary youth groups are virtually
nonexistent. Withdrawal of local
support serves only to exacerbate
young people?s feelings of rejection
and hopelessness about the future.
Countless projects demonstrate
success in preventing offending and
turning young offenders? lives around,
but they?re rapidly being cut out of
existence. The Big Lottery Fund
supported the Youth Transitions
Network in west London for three
years. Prison leavers from that project
are now at university as well as
undertaking paid work about youth
gangs and violence. The Trust for
London and City Bridge Trust are
funding Moving on Up, aimed at
tackling the fact that black young
men at all educational levels have
twice the unemployment rate of other
young men.
Such funding is desperately needed,
but is no replacement for long-term
central and local government funding.
dr john blackmore
Chief executive, Action West London
Conference. It contemplates
revolution if necessary, but only at a
time when England?s difficulties will
give another rebellion a chance of
success. It repudiates Ireland?s share
of the National Debt. If the Sinn
Fein Party secures an independent
Ireland and Ulster resists Ulster
must be coerced.
Scenes of wild excitement
followed the declaration of the poll.
Addressing the crowd, Mr de Valera,
the new member, said it was a
victory which would be celebrated
all over the world. It could not now
be said that the people of Ireland did
not want absolute independence.
The election would be a glorious
monument to the men who died in
Easter Week, and would show the
world that if Ireland only had the
ghost of a chance, she would fight
for independence. It was a victory
for an Irish Republic.
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Medical expertise
Sir, David Campbell (letter, July 11)
states that neither the medical nor
legal professions have expertise to
make fundamental value judgments
superior to Charlie Gard?s parents.
However, the professionals at Great
Ormond Street Hospital have
superior medical expertise. Their
judgment is that the position is
without hope and that untested
remedies would be pointless at best.
So, who is more likely to make the
better decision: loving, desperate
parents with no medical expertise or
world-class professionals?
Remembering that we should have
Charlie?s best interests uppermost in
our minds, I side with the experts.
ken garrett
Leeds
Silent bikes
Sir, Christopher Tiller (?Electric cars
and improved urban air quality?,
letters, July 11) will, I hope, be pleased
to hear that the streets of the major
cities of China are teeming with
battery-powered motorcycles. While
silent, they are ridden with panache.
Added to which, presumably to
extend battery range, at night hardly
any riders switch on their lights, even
on the darkest unlit streets, nor use
the horn.
roger lindsay
East Horsley, Surrey
Sir, When we installed solar panels on
our house we were allowed only 16
because of the high tariff the
government paid us for electricity
sold back to the grid. We could have
fitted three times as many. Now they
supply about two fifths of our
electricity in summer. If we were
allowed to fit more panels then we
would be generating enough
electricity for ourselves and an
electric car too.
professor peter davies
Caldy, Wirral
Cricket flow
Sir, Regarding the abysmally slow
over rates prevalent at cricket
matches (letters, July 8 and 11), why
not award five runs to the batting side
for the first five unbowled overs and
ten runs an over beyond that. Penalty
runs are already awarded in 20:20
games, and definitely concentrate the
minds of the fielding side.
The umpires have the responsibility
to make sure the game flows and
could do more to limit the time
wasted, for example by batsmen
changing gloves and the frequent
drinks breaks.
Ninety overs in a day is not much
to ask. When Bradman?s Australians
played Essex in 1948 and amassed a
score of 721 runs on the first day,
129 overs were bowled in six hours.
rupert godfrey
Devizes, Wilts
Dying of the light
Sir, Bruce Griffiths (letter, July 11)
mentions a belief that ?dolphins,
when dying, progressed through the
seven colours of the rainbow?.
I can confirm a similar experience
years ago on a fishing expedition in
Kenya when a sailfish was caught. As
it was brought alongside the boat, its
body rippled with iridescence ? all
the colours of the rainbow. Then it
died and the corpse turned
completely black ? like switching out
the lights.
christopher wheeldon
Worcester Park, Sutton
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Leading articles
Daily Universal Register
UK: State visit by King of Spain Felipe VI and
Queen Leitizia; Manchester city council
discusses plans to make US singer Ariana
Grande an honorary citizen; Sir Andy
Murray is due on court for his Wimbledon
tennis quarter-final; a debate takes place in
the Commons on the Grenfell Tower inferno.
Nice Work
Nature notes
Thistles are in
flower everywhere,
and there are many
species of them. The
most widespread
and best known is
the creeping or field
thistle. This has the same kind of tufty
topknots above spiny leaves as the others,
but they are a pale mauve, not rich purple
like most of the grander thistles. With its
creeping roots it spreads easily in the fields,
to the distress of farmers. The grandest of all
the thistles is arguably the spear thistle. It
grows 6ft tall and has a splendid magenta
topknot sitting on a formidable urn-shaped
knob. Its stem and leaves are barbarously
prickly and can inflict real damage. An odd
thistle common in chalky country is the
musk thistle, whose flowerheads bend over
and look out horizontally like traffic lights.
Also to be found in chalky country is the
dwarf thistle, which has no stem and grows
close to the ground in short grass. Careless,
unobservant picnickers often sit on it.
derwent may
Birthdays today
Sir Gareth Edwards,
pictured, rugby union
player, Wales scrum half
(1967-78), 70; Prof Simon
Blackburn, philosopher
and broadcaster, 73; Irina
Bokova, director-general,
Unesco, 65; Janet Bowen,
lord-lieutenant of Ross and Cromarty, Skye
and Lochalsh, 73; Thomas Campbell, chief
executive, Metropolitan Museum of Art,
New York (2009-June 2017), 55; Julio C閟ar
Ch醰ez, boxer, six-time world champion in
three weight divisions, 55; Andr� Cox, the
20th general of the Salvation Army, 63;
Annabel Croft, tennis player, former British
No 1, Sky Sports presenter, 51; George
Freeman, Conservative MP for Mid Norfolk,
chairman of the prime minister?s policy
board, 50; Anna Friel, actress, Marcella, 41;
Prof Timothy Garton Ash, historian and
writer, Free World (2004), 62; Richard
Herring, comedian, 50; Wilko Johnson,
guitarist, Dr Feelgood, 70; Lionel Jospin,
prime minister of France (1997-2002), 80;
Cheryl Ladd, actress, Charlie?s Angels
(1977-81), 66; Christine McVie, rock singer
and songwriter, Fleetwood Mac, 74;
Dr Alice Prochaska, principal, Somerville
College, Oxford, 70; Gaby Roslin, TV
presenter, The Big Breakfast (1992-96), 53;
Baroness (Joanna) Shields, minister
for internet safety and security
(2015-June 2017), 55; Ramniklal Solanki,
editor-in-chief of Garavi Gujarat
newsweekly and Asian Media Group, 86;
Frank Windsor, actor, Z Cars (1962-65,
1978), 90; Malala Yousafzai, education
activist, the youngest person to win
a Nobel prize (2014), 20.
On this day
In 1843, according to Joseph Smith, the
leader of the Mormon Church, God
conveyed to him the permissibility of
polygamy.
The last word
?The being without an opinion is so painful
to human nature that most people will leap
to a hasty opinion rather than undergo it.?
Walter Bagehot, economist and essayist,
The Economist (1875).
Technology is transforming jobs. Politicians have no
business trying to throw the process into reverse
In an age of robots, ride-hailing apps and artificial
intelligence, it is quaintly paradoxical that the new
face of humanity at work belongs to the sweaty
twenty-something weaving through traffic on a
bicycle with a plastic box of takeaway food on his
back. Technology is transforming work in
unexpected and unsettling ways. One result is the
review of employment practices published
yesterday by Matthew Taylor, a former adviser to
Tony Blair. It was prompted by fears that the
software gurus of the so-called gig economy might
be turning a generation of millennials into an
economic underclass, dependent on sporadic
work and unable to plan, save or progress.
The report?s principal strength is that it does not
fall for this caricature. There is no doubt that
unscrupulous employers in certain sectors,
notably hospitality, abuse zero-hours contracts to
create what Mr Taylor calls one-sided flexibility:
the flexibility is all to the employer?s advantage.
Nor is there much question that some fastexpanding gig employment ?platforms?, Uber
chief among them, could do more for those who
use them as a source of work without protection or
benefits. But zero-hours contracts suit more
employees than they harm. Gig employment apps
have wrought a quiet revolution in the world of
work because people are flocking to provide their
services, not just to buy them.
This is a revolution that no one should be
seeking to reverse. When Rebecca Long-Bailey,
the shadow business secretary, says she will not
take an Uber ride for moral reasons, she is burying
her head in the sand of Luddism. The challenge
the gig economy poses to policymakers is twofold.
The first is to ensure it empowers those who work
in it rather than trapping them in long hours at
below minimum-wage rates. The second is to
enable it to continue to expand without depriving
the nation of fair tax revenues. The Taylor Review
makes practical suggestions on both fronts. The
worry is that the government is too divided and
preoccupied to put any of them into practice.
A key question that the review addresses is what
makes an employer responsible to a worker for
more than basic earnings. The answer it offers is
supervision and control. Uber is currently
appealing a London employment tribunal ruling
that it should be paying the national living wage
and benefits including paid holiday to all its 40,000
UK drivers on the grounds that they are essentially
employees. Yet it is hard to argue that Uber supervises or controls them. The point of working for an
app rather than a conventional employer is that it
exercises no control at all, which is why Uber and
its rivals insist on calling their drivers selfemployed contractors. Mr Taylor suggests a new
category of worker known as the ?dependent contractor?. But dependence is hard to establish when
the worker decides when to work. In the same way,
Deliveroo, the pedal-powered food distributor,
does not require its cyclists to work at specific
times or for a minute longer than they wish.
Deliveroo says it will pay sickness and injury
benefits if the law is changed to confer the right to
such benefits to the self-employed. This is disingenuous. There is nothing to stop any company
making such payments voluntarily. Lyft, a San
Francisco-based rival to Uber, has carved out its
market niche by treating drivers more generously.
The real harm such platforms do in Britain is
not to their contractors but to the economy by not
paying national insurance contributions. Mr
Taylor rightly says that they should. The price of
entry into such an advanced and lucrative market
should be more than zero.
For a minority of workers the insecurity of gig
employment is a bane. For many more the
opportunities are a blessing. It is also a good fit
with Britain?s already flexible labour market. This
is no time to strangle it with red tape.
Splitting the Atom
The United Kingdom should not leave Euratom, Europe?s nuclear energy body
Brexit watchers have got used to dealing with
fissile material. If scientists? experience of splitting
the atom was not enough to prove that prising
apart two closely joined bodies could generate a
burst of heat, the UK?s recent experience should
be. The government is under pressure to reverse
its position on Britain?s nuclear future. Ministers
say that the UK must leave Euratom, Europe?s
nuclear energy community, as its rules are applied
by the European Court of Justice (ECJ). This is
against common sense. There are great benefits to
staying in Euratom, and few costs.
Euratom is a legal community of nations that
exists to create a European market for nuclear
power. It facilitates the free flow of nuclear fuel,
waste and specialists between EU member states
and Switzerland. Its organs negotiate contracts for
the supply of nuclear materials, apply safety
standards and carry out non-proliferation checks
and research in nuclear science. Euratom is not
part of the EU, but the two communities are
closely linked. They share resources and
institutions, including the European Commission
and the ECJ. James Chapman, former chief of staff
to David Davis, the Brexit secretary, last weekend
urged Theresa May to ?show some flexibility? on
Euratom. Dominic Cummings, director of the
Leave referendum campaign and former
conservative adviser, has tweeted that ministers in
favour of leaving Euratom are ?morons?. That is
intemperate, but they are certainly guilty of
misjudgment.
Euratom co-operation agreements give Britain
access to 71 per cent of the world?s uranium
production. It is thanks to Euratom that fuel comes
into the country and waste goes out. The UK does
not have reactors to produce medical isotopes for
the NHS to diagnose and treat diseases. However,
as part of Euratom it can rely on a continuous
supply. Through Euratom membership and with
the benefit of Euratom funds, Britain is at the
forefront of nuclear research, housing Europe?s
largest functioning nuclear fusion reactor.
It would be possible, with time and money, for
the UK to build its own apparatus and negotiate its
own co-operation agreements and commercial
contracts to cover these areas. It would also be
costly, time-consuming and unnecessary. The
ECJ has given too little weight to the sovereignty
of nation states in its development of concepts
such as EU citizenship and the supremacy of
European law. The court?s rare and arcane
judgments on nuclear matters, however, do not
speak to these objections. Rules on nuclear energy
are not politically sensitive and were not an issue
in the referendum campaign. The government
does not need to take such a rigid position on the
ECJ in this domain.
Some argue that the EU and Euratom are so
closely bound together that it is impossible to
leave one without leaving the other. They should
look to Switzerland, outside the EU but an
associate member of Euratom, participating in
most of its programmes. Britain could seek similar
status, or an even deeper relationship. Others
worry that the horse has bolted as the prime
minister?s Article 50 letter included a commitment
to leaving Euratom, and all EU documents since
have assumed Britain will leave. That is an obstacle, but a surmountable one. If political leaders on
both sides want a change of direction, there will be
one. The lawyers need not get involved.
Language Lapse
The people of Wales should be encouraged to learn whatever languages they like
The population of Wales is a little over three million. The Welsh government wants a third of this
number to be speaking Welsh by 2050 and 70 per
cent of all school-leavers to be fluent in the
language by then in order to reach this goal.
Welsh is a rich and beautiful language. It sounds
wonderful, not least in song. Anyone, anywhere, is
free to learn it and enjoy it. Indeed, 430,000 people
in Wales already do so, and 22 per cent of sevenyear-olds in the principality attend schools in
which Welsh is the main language of the
curriculum. But with all due deference to Welsh
pride, the wisdom of setting targets to expand the
use of any language for its own sake, especially
when funding for one is likely to be at the expense
of funding for others, is questionable at best.
The proposals, announced yesterday, have
cross-party support in the Welsh assembly. This
does not make them infallible. On the contrary,
the varying degrees of enthusiasm with which
different parties have embraced them reveal their
central weakness. Success in achieving the goal of
a million speakers ?will depend on persuading our
different communities . . . why it is so valuable to be
bilingual,? said Suzy Davies for the Conservatives.
Precisely. Few dispute the value of being bilingual,
but persuading English-speaking monoglots who
happen to live in Wales to devote the energies
required to master another language to Welsh
rather than, say, French, German, Spanish or
Mandarin, may be difficult, and rightly so.
The tensions pulling the constituent parts of the
United Kingdom in opposite directions are
powerful enough. Let both official languages of
this country flourish among those who wish to
speak them, but let it be a matter of desire rather
than diktat. Welsh lives, from Pontypridd to
Patagonia, because it is loved. Why spoil something so natural by making it compulsory?
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World
?I would kill every last one of the
In Iraq, death squads
arrive by ambulance.
Anthony Loyd
sees vengeancee
dished out to
Mosul?s widowss
The death squad arrived by ambulance.
It was 10pm. They drove through the
village of Johaniye on the west bank of
the Tigris River, straight to the home of
the mosque?s prayer caller, the muezzin.
Six uniformed armed men leapt from
the vehicle and dragged him from his
house. They ripped the clothes from his
body and began to hit him.
?They beat my son so hard that I
could hear him screaming from my
own home on the other side of the
road,? Salman Musla Abdullah, 65, the
muezzin?s father, said. ?They took their
time. They were in no hurry.?
A group of the village?s local defence
force, Sunnis from the Hashd al-Sha?ari
volunteer militia, rushed to the muezzin?s assistance, but were shooed away
by the men in the ambulance.
?This is not your business,? the
squad?s leader told them.
Then the muezzin was thrown into
the ambulance and driven away. That
was the last time that Ali Salman Musla
Abdullah, 39, was seen alive.
Burnt bodies were dumped by the
roadside days later. Ali Salman?s family
feared one might be his. Yet no one
touched the corpses, whose appearance near villages in the Tigris valley
south of Mosul is now commonplace.
Vengeance killings of suspected
Islamic State (Isis) members and collaborators, together with evictions of
families accused of Isis affiliation,
threaten to inflame sectarian and tribal
tensions even before Iraqi forces consolidate their victory in Mosul.
In this climate of retribution, locals
are afraid even to be associated with
burying the body of a suspected Isis
member. ?We don?t touch any of the
bodies dumped nearby,? explained the
son of the village sheikh, Qusai Ahmed
Mahmoud. ?They are not our business
and we do not go near them.?
Ali Salman, whose family said he was
never a member of Isis, became one of
the disappeared four weeks before Iraqi
forces began their final operation to
clear Mosul?s Old City of Isis fighters.
He had been arrested in April, and was
investigated for involvement with the
group, but released after four weeks,
and cleared of any guilt, according to
his court documents seen by The Times.
Yet the trend of abduction, murder
Bombs hit Isis positions in Mosul yesterday, a day after victory was declared
and the displacement of anyone
suspected of having a family member in
Isis, or serving the caliphate in even the
most banal administrative capacity, is
fast gaining pace.
On Monday, only 24 hours after the
battle for Mosul was declared over, I
saw three corpses that had been
dumped by the first turning off the
main road approaching Mosul from the
south. A few minutes later, in the village
of Angul Hawar, local men took me to
a tunnel shaft, thick with flies, where
they claimed that bodies were dumped
at night.
?It happens every ten days or so. We
have no idea who the bodies are or who
is dumping them,? said Mohammed
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Anthony Loyd reports from inside
the devastated city of Mosul
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Fadhil, a militia commander. ?We don?t
get involved in the matter.?
Sunni tribal leaders in Nineveh district, of which Mosul is the provincial
capital, estimate that 10-15 per cent of
the majority Sunni population here
were involved with Isis, either linked
through a family member or employment. Across Iraq, Sunnis are a minority at about 40 per cent of the population, which is at least 55 per cent Shia.
Yesterday, reports of a surge in abuse,
including displacement and eviction,
prompted the UN high commissioner
for human rights, Zeid Ra?ad Al Hussein, to warn that the situation could
lead to violence. ?Horrific though the
crimes of Isil are, there is no place for
vengeance,? Prince Zeid said in Geneva.
?Such punishments are an act of vengeance that works against national reconciliation and social cohesion.?
Police officers in Hammam al-Alil, a
town 15 miles south of Mosul, whose
area of responsibility includes Johaniye, told The Times that abductions and
killings of Isis collaborators had increased sharply in the past two months.
?We get reports of between two and
three abductions from villages using an
ambulance per week,? explained one
senior officer, speaking on condition of
anonymity. ?And those are just the ones
we know about. Most people are too
afraid to report the disappearance of a
family member.?
Both Shia and Sunni anti-Isis militias
are suspected of the killings, using ambulances to pass freely through checkpoints. ?It is not Isis fighters who are the
targets,? the officer added, ?They are
already dead or have gone. It?s their
family members or anyone suspected
of doing a job for the caliphate. We file
reports on the killings but every one of
them says ?assailants unknown?.?
Eviction of Isis families is widespread, often with the implicit collusion
of the authorities. A month ago the
council in Gayarrah drew up a list of 67
Isis families due for eviction. Mosul district council has drawn up a similar
eviction order. Social media, including
some Facebook groups, is being used to
co-ordinate the vigilante squads.
Some of those evicted are now being
threatened with further displacement.
?I was forced out of Gayarrah by a
mob who told me I had until nightfall to
leave my home or die,? said Faidha
Hamidi, 42, a Sunni woman who was
recently evicted from the town, and
whose two teenage sons, both Isis
fighters, had been killed in an airstrike.
?My sons joined Isis because there
was no other employment,? she said in
the village of Salamiyah, on the east
bank of the Tigris, where she had
sought shelter with extended family.
Her brother and four nephews, including a 12-year-old, had been abduct-
A suspected Isis militant is taken away by the Iraqi army in the Old City of Mosul.
ed and murdered in the spring on account of the family?s Isis connection.
One nephew had both eyes gouged out.
Most of these ?Isis families? consist of
just a widow and children, and grenade
attacks and ?night letters? ? written
threats left at doorways after dark ?
are commonly used to evict them.
In Salahiye, a village near Hammam
al-Alil, every Isis widow except one had
been forced out. Their homes had been
burnt or forcibly requisitioned by militiamen. Graffiti encouraged no return:
?This is the house of Daesh [Isis] dogs,?
read one scrawl. ?This house has been
taken by Tariq Nasr and if anyone has
issue with it they should come and see
him,? boasted another.
Minutes into an interview with the
remaining widow, Haniya Daham Ali,
Sharif family lied about wealth to corruption panel,
Pakistan
Hugh Tomlinson, Aoun Sahi
Pakistan?s prime minister could be removed from office within days after his
children were accused of lying under
oath and submitting fake documents to
a panel investigating corruption claims.
Nawaz Sharif, 67, could be ejected by
the supreme court next week, a year
before a general election that he was
favourite to win. The investigating
committee, which is looking into the
family?s undisclosed wealth, submitted
its findings to the court on Monday
evening. Yesterday the entire report
had been leaked and much of Pakistan
was poring over it.
Mr Sharif is accused of lying to investigators about his overseas assets, including an offshore company in Dubai
of which he was chairman. His two sons
and his daughter, Maryam, who has
been groomed as his political heir, are
accused of having submitted falsified
documents to the committee. Opponents have accused the family of raiding the public purse and laundering
millions in overseas assets, including a
portfolio of luxury London properties.
The Sharifs have dismissed the report as ?trash? and the prime minister?s
party has backed him. However, at least
one cabinet minister is said to have
urged Mr Sharif to resign and opponents have called for him to be jailed.
The prime minister has repeatedly
denied any connection to the four luxury flats at Avenfield House on Park
Lane, central London, or the offshore
companies used to buy them. The companies were uncovered in the Panama
papers scandal last year, when millions
of leaked files from the law firm Mos-
sack Fonseca revealed the offshore
dealings of the world?s super rich.
Investigators claim that Mr Sharif is
the only person to have stayed in Apartment 16 at Avenfield House. ?This
exclusive use makes him the sole beneficiary of the apartment as far as possession is concerned,? they say. Most
damning for Mr Sharif is the revelation
that he is chairman of FZE Capital, a
company registered in Dubai. He has
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Trump Jr admits meeting
Russian to help campaign
United States
Boer Deng, Callum Adams
President Trump?s eldest son accepted
assistance purportedly from the Russian government to help his father?s
election campaign, emails released
yesterday revealed.
Donald Trump Jr was told last summer that Natalia Veselnitskaya, a lawyer linked to the Kremlin, would provide him with information that could
?incriminate Hillary [Clinton]?, the
Democratic presidential candidate, if
he agreed to meet her at Trump Tower.
The ?high level? information that Ms
Veselnitskaya was willing to offer was
?part of Russia and its government?s
support for Mr Trump?, said the email,
sent by a publicist friend of Mr Trump
Jr who represents a Russian client.
The messages setting up the meeting
on June 9 last year are the most significant documents to emerge in the
investigation into claims of collusion
between the Republican nominee?s
associates and Russian officials.
The correspondence, which Mr
Trump Jr shared via Twitter after a New
York Times report on the exchange,
came as the Senate intelligence committee prepared to hear testimony from
campaign staff for the first time.
Senior congressmen have now asked
that Mr Trump Jr be questioned. Jared
Kushner, his brother-in-law and a
senior White House adviser, and Paul
Manafort, the former Trump campaign
manager, were also present at the
meeting with Ms Veselnitskaya.
Last night President Trump issued a
statement backing his son. ?My son is a
high-quality person and I applaud his
transparency,? he said.
The Trump Tower meeting was
arranged by Rob Goldstone, a British
publicist working on behalf of Emin
Agalarov, a Russian pop star whose
father, a developer, worked with the
Trumps on the 2013 Miss Universe
pageant in Moscow. Mr Goldstone has
The United Nations said that there was ?no place for vengeance? against Isis
50, whose husband and three brothers
were slain Isis members, a Shia unit
from the paramilitary Emergency
Police Battalion burst in and detained
us. We were questioned before being
escorted from town.
?If it was down to me I?d kill every last
one of the Daesh families,? said the
unit?s commander, Colonel Mohammed Aswad, a Shia Turkoman from Tal
Afar. ?They are the seeds of Isis and
there is no place for them here.?
There was no way to find out what
happened to Haniya Ali after we were
ejected from the village. Seconds before
the paramilitaries burst into the room,
she had told me: ?We are being told that
revenge will be taken on all Isis families
here just as soon as victory is declared
in Mosul.?
leaked report says
denied holding stakes in offshore companies in declarations before parliament and testimony to investigators.
The report alleges huge discrepancies between the scale of the family?s
wealth and their apparent sources of
income. Investigators allege Ms Sharif?s
personal wealth multiplied more than
20 times in one year in the early 1990s
?without any declared income?.
Imran Khan, the opposition leader
and former captain of Pakistan?s cricket
team, said yesterday: ?Nawaz Sharif lied
to the nation, parliament and supreme
court. Resignation is not enough, the
Sharif family?s next home will be Adiala
prison.? The supreme court will hear
submissions from Mr Sharif?s lawyers
on Monday, before deciding if it accepts
the report?s findings. If it does, Mr Sharif could be stripped of office immediately and face a criminal investigation.
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Donald Trump Jr dismissed the outcry
over the Russian meeting as nonsense
previously denied knowing of Russian
involvement in the election.
Yury Chaika, Russia?s prosecutor
general and an ally of President Putin,
is referred to in the email correspondence with Mr Goldstone, who mistakenly calls him the ?crown prosecutor
of Russia?. Mr Chaika has met Agalarov?s father, the publicist writes, and offered to provide documents about Mrs
Clinton.
One of Mr Goldstone?s emails said
that the information incriminating Mrs
Clinton was ?ultra sensitive?. Agreeing
to the meeting, Mr Trump Jr wrote to
Mr Goldstone: ?If it?s what you say, I
love it, especially later in the summer.?
Mr Trump Jr said that nothing came
of the discussion when it became clear
that Ms Veselnitskaya did not have any
information on Mrs Clinton, and that
his father did not know of the meeting.
Mark Warner, the Democratic committee vice-chairman, said that the
correspondence was ?the first time that
the public has seen clear evidence of
senior-level members of the Trump
campaign meeting with Russians to try
to obtain information that might hurt
the campaign of Hillary Clinton?. Mr
Trump Jr must be questioned by the
committee, Mr Warner said. Four separate congressional panels and an independent counsel are investigating
Russia?s election meddling.
Before yesterday?s disclosure of the
correspondence, Mr Trump Jr dismissed the outcry over the meeting as
nonsense. ?Media & Dems are extremely invested in the Russia story. If
this nonsense meeting is all they have
after a yr, I understand the desperation!? he tweeted.
Alan Futerfas, Mr Trump Jr?s lawyer,
said that the meeting was ?much ado
about nothing? and his client did nothing wrong. The lawyer said that Mr
Trump Jr had taken the meeting after it
was suggested to him that Ms Veselnitskaya had ?information concerning
alleged wrongdoing by Democratic
Party frontrunner, Hillary Clinton, in
her dealings with Russia?.
However, Richard Painter, a former
ethics lawyer for the George W Bush
White House, said that Mr Trump Jr
might have broken election laws that
prohibit dealings with foreign citizens.
?This was clearly a situation where
any rational person who cares about
national security would have called the
FBI,? Mr Painter said. Mr Trump Jr may
have violated campaign finance laws,
computer crime statutes and made
false statements, and if found to have
done so could be jailed, he said.
Nick Akerman, the former Watergate prosecutor, described Mr Trump
Jr?s emails as ?almost a smoking
cannon?. ?There?s no question this is
treason,? he told The Times.
In an interview with Russian state
television in November last year, Agalarov praised the newly elected President Trump and said that he had ?a very
pleasant family?.
?I saw [Donald Trump?s] sons, Eric
and Don, many times and we?re constantly writing to each other,? Agalarov
added.
Lawyer had links to Putin?s prosecutor
Russia
Tom Parfitt Moscow
The Russian lawyer who met President
Trump?s son had close ties to the Russian prosecutor-general?s office, The
Times has learnt.
At the time of her meeting with
Donald Trump Jr in New York, Natalia
Veselnitskaya was leading a campaign
in the US to try to overturn or discredit
a law designed to punish Russian
human rights abusers. She was acting
for Denis Katsyv, an entrepreneur and
the son of Petr Katsyv, vice-president of
the state-owned Russian Railways.
A group of companies called Prevezon Holdings, owned by Denis Katsyv,
paid nearly $6 million in May to settle
US civil allegations that the group laundered the proceeds of a $230 million tax
fraud. That fraud, involving police and
tax officials, was uncovered by the
whistleblowing auditor Sergei Magnitsky. He was jailed after revealing the
crime and died from neglect and abuse
in a Moscow prison in 2009.
Ms Veselnitskaya, 42, lobbied against
the Magnitsky Act, which prevents
those alleged to be involved in the auditor?s death from travelling to the US and
from owning assets there. In an interview in May this year she called the act
?one of the most antagonistic, and not
just useless but dangerous things?.
A source with knowledge of the Prevezon proceedings told The Times that
Ms Veselnitskaya was co-ordinating
her efforts against the law with the
office of Yury Chaika, Russia?s prosecutor-general and an ally of
President Putin. ?There was no
suggestion she was linked to
the security services,? the
source said. ?But it was widely
known of the litigation she
had a close relationship
with Chaika?s office and
was communicating
with them regularly.?
Ms
Veselnitskaya denied yesterday
she had compromisMs Veselnitskaya
lobbied in the US
ing information about Hillary Clinton,
saying that Mr Trump Jr?s team may
have assumed she did because ?they
wanted it so badly?. She told NBC News
Mr Trump Jr had asked her only one
question when they met: whether she
had financial records that might prove
the Democrats? campaign had received
funds from inappropriate sources.
She said Mr Trump Jr may have
wanted to meet her because she had
details of a company run by a
former US citizen whom she
suspected of making donations
to the Democratic Party. She
had no financial records to offer and told Mr Trump?s son
she did not intend to get any.
Ms Veselnitskaya, a criminal defence lawyer, has
worked for private and
state-owned businesses.
She was formerly married to Alexander Mitusov, deputy to Petr
Katsyv when he was
transportation minister of Moscow region.
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Burka ban backed by
human rights judges
Former king
of Spain ?sex
addict with
5,000 lovers?
Brussels Belgium?s ban on the
Islamic full face veil is ?necessary
in a democratic society?, the
European Court of Human
Rights has ruled. The 2011 ban
prohibits anyone from appearing
in public ?with a face masked or
hidden . . . in such a way as to be
unidentifiable?. Violations can
result in fines and up to a week in
prison. Samia Belcacemi, a
Belgian citizen, and Yamina
Oussar, a Moroccan, claimed that
the ban infringed their rights.
The court ruled that it ?could
be regarded as an element of the
?protection of the rights and
freedoms of others? ? and that it
?sought to guarantee the
conditions of ?living together?.?
J
uan Carlos, the
former king of Spain,
is a sex addict who
had hundreds of
relationships even
after marrying Queen
Sof韆, according to a new
book (Graham Keeley
writes).
Before his marriage in
1962, Juan Carlos, now 79,
satisfied his needs with an
astonishing variety of
women, Amadeo Mart韓ez
Ingl閟 claims. Juan Carlos I:
the King of 5,000 Lovers,
will be published in
September. The
author cites reports
by Franco?s spies,
which said that the
future king had 332
sexual relationships
while at military
academy, ?which is
good for any actor
specialising in porn
films: four per week?.
On the eve of a state
visit to Britain by his
son, King Felipe, and
Queen Letizia, reports
about the book will be
unwelcome publicity.
Juan Carlos was crowned
in 1975 but allegedly
became estranged from his
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missile defence system
Washington The US military has
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with Juan Carlos but Queen
Sof韆, above with her and the
king, allegedly found them in
a compromising situation
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to have had an on-off affair
with Liliane Sartiau. In
2015, the supreme court
dismissed her paternity
suit. B醨bara Rey, a former
Miss World contestant, is
another alleged former
lover. A Spanish online
newspaper reported in
January that Spain?s secret
service offered her
?3 million in 1996 to keep
the affair secret. She denied
receiving the money.
Mart韓ez Ingl閟 said
that Corinna zu
Sayn-Wittgenstein, 52,
became the king?s lover
after they met in 2004.
Their alleged affair became
public knowledge when he
fell during an elephant hunt
in Botswana in 2012 and
flew home for surgery.
The Spanish royal
household declined to
comment.
Israeli Labour elects untested
telecoms boss as party leader
Israel
Gregg Carlstrom Tel Aviv
Desperate to escape the political
wilderness, the Israeli Labour Party has
elected as its leader a telecoms
millionaire who joined the party only
six months ago.
Avi Gabbay won 52 per cent of the
vote to defeat Amir Peretz, a significant
Labour figure who was defence minister and opposition leader a decade ago.
Supporters hope Mr Gabbay?s appointment as chairman will inject
energy into a party that has become
stagnant before the general election in
2019. ?To all those who rushed to eulogise the Labour Party as an alternative
for the government . . . tonight is the
answer,? he said in his victory speech.
Avi Gabbay, new
leader of Israel?s
Labour Party
?Tomorrow we will begin the journey
to the hearts of good Israelis.?
Mr Gabbay, 50, spent much of his
career at Bezeq, Israel?s telecommunications monopoly, rising to chief executive
before he resigned in 2013. He then
helped Moshe Kahlon, a former Likud
minister, to build a new centre-right
party focused on the economy.
The party joined Binyamin Netanyahu?s right-wing coalition after the 2015
election. Mr Gabbay served for a year
as the environmental protection minister. He resigned last summer in protest
at the appointment of Avigdor
Lieberman, the ultra-nationalist, as
defence minister and joined the Labour
Party in December.
Labour and its predecessor, Mapai,
dominated Israeli politics for the first
three decades after independence in
1948. They have since been relegated to
the opposition, ruling for only eight of
the past 40 years. The last Labour government, led by Ehud Barak, fell apart in
2001 after less than two years in office.
The party faithful have become notoriously fratricidal, ejecting leaders after
only a year or two in office. Mr Gabbay
will be the ninth Labour chairman since
2001. The ruling Likud has had just two.
Isaac Herzog, the outgoing leader,
won 16 per cent of the vote in the first
round of balloting last week, despite
leading the party to its best electoral
showing since 1999.
Notably for a party identified with
European Jews, both of the finalists in
Monday?s run-off were born in Morocco. ?There?s a group of people who want
to see change in the country, and one
indication is that they threw out the
Ashkenazim,? said Tal Schneider, a
political analyst, referring to Jews of
European descent. ?They chose someone who is unfamiliar to the public.?
Because he is not an MP, Mr Gabbay
cannot serve as leader of the opposition, limiting his visibility. Analysts expect he will hand that role to Shelly
Yachimovich, the former chairwoman
who backed him early in the primaries.
Short back and Haftar: the must-have haircut for Libyans
Libya
Bel Trew Cairo
Supporters of Libya?s most powerful
military commander have taken their
adoration to new heights by shaving his
image on to the back of their heads.
General Khalifa Haftar has built a
loyal following since the Nato-backed
revolt in 2011 that ousted Colonel Gaddafi. He has reached a god-like status in
eastern Libya since flushing out militias
and jihadists from Benghazi last week.
Mohamed Kabayli, a young barber
from the eastern city of Ajdabiya, now
offers the Haftar haircut, where he
shaves the leader?s face on to his clients?
scalps. In photos shared hundreds of
times online, Mr Kabayli stands proudly saluting General Haftar next to his
creation.
Admirers of the haircut, which depicts the general in a military beret,
took to social media to praise the barber. ?A great artist,? wrote one Facebook user from Benghazi, who said that
the work was ?very creative and magnificent?. Another post said: ?Nice
work, you hero. May God preserve
you.?
General Haftar is supported by the
country?s parliament that is anchored
Mohamed Kabayli with his creation
in the east. However, he has refused to
recognise the UN-backed unity government in western Libya, which is
allied to various militias that he has
vowed to fight.
With the support of the UAE and
Egypt, General Haftar seized Benghazi
and ended a three-year war that he had
started against militias and extremist
groups, which later included Islamic
State. The military leader now commands most of the east and south of the
country as well as the lucrative oil
crescent.
He is believed by many to be in line to
become Libya?s next leader.
successfully tested a missile
interceptor system in Alaska as
tensions rise after North Korea?s
test launch last week of an
intercontinental ballistic missile
that could reach the state. During
the test of the Terminal High
Altitude Area Defense (THAAD)
system a target launched over the
Pacific Ocean north of Hawaii
was shot down. (AFP)
Anti-migrant vigilantes
patrol Mediterranean
Rome A vigilante group of
far-right activists has hired a 40m
boat to patrol the Mediterranean
and prevent migrants from
reaching the Continent. Defend
Europe, which has French,
German and Italian members,
crowdfunded the ?76,000 needed
to rent the boat. The group plans
to alert the Libyan coastguard so
that it could take migrant boats
back to shore. (AFP)
?Kashmiri rebels? shoot
dead 7 Hindu pilgrims
Srinagar The Indian government
has blamed separatist rebels for
killing seven Hindu pilgrims and
wounding 19 more in Kashmir.
The gunmen were firing at police
but also hit a bus carrying 60
people from the Amarnath cave.
Opponents of Indian rule in
Kashmir accuse the country of
using the pilgrimage as a political
statement to bolster its claim to
the disputed region. (AFP)
80 people form a chain
to save drowning family
Miami Up to ten swimmers,
including six members of one
family, who became caught in a
riptide off a beach in Florida were
rescued when 80 fellow bathers
formed a human chain to drag
them to safety. Roberta Ursrey,
her husband, mother, nephew
and two sons, aged 11 and eight,
were among those who got into
difficulty at Panama City beach,
which had no lifeguard on duty.
Nigeria?s acting head
visits president in UK
London Yemi Osinbajo, the
Nigerian vice-president and
acting head of government, has
visited London to meet President
Buhari, 74, who has been
receiving medical treatment there
since May 7. The government has
refused to answer questions
about Mr Buhari?s health but
denies that he is terminally ill.
His wife, Aisha, travelled to
London last week. (AFP)
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France
Charles Bremner Paris
Paris is close to clinching the right to
host the 2024 Olympics after President
Macron made an energetic pitch to the
International Olympic Committee.
The IOC left it up to Paris and Los
Angeles to decide which took the 2024
and 2028 Games. The US city hinted
that it could wait while Paris staged the
event 100 years after it last did so.
At a meeting in Lausanne, the IOC
endorsed the unprecedented double
deal after Mr Macron stole the show
with a punchy appeal delivered in English in a manner that recalled Tony
Blair?s intervention before the IOC in
2005. Mr Blair?s appearance in Singapore won London the 2012 Olympics,
pipping Paris, which had been the favourite, to the post.
?The whole of France is behind Paris
2024,? Mr Macron, 39, said. ?The Olympic spirit is contagious. The country
believes that the time is right. In a fractured world where tensions are resurgent, we need the values of peace and
tolerance that the Olympic movement
illustrates and embodies strongly.?
Paris?s bid has been led over the past
three years by Anne Hidalgo, the city?s
Socialist mayor. Mr Macron?s entry
endowed it with the magic touch that
won him the presidency in May.
Opponents have failed to mobilise
support for their argument that Paris
was likely to fall victim to the runaway
costs that have hit recent hosts.
Ms Hidalgo held hands with Eric
Garcetti, the mayor of Los Angeles,
when the IOC announced its decision
in a symbol that the cities see themselves as allies rather than rivals. Mr
Garcetti pressed the Los Angeles bid
for 2024 but indicated that it could wait.
Hamburg, Rome, Budapest and
Boston withdrew their bids, deterred by
the size of the event and cost of hosting.
The IOC decided on the double award
to ensure a stable run while the way the
event is organised is reformed.
The IOC has not indicated publicly
which city it favours for 2024 but a consensus seemed to emerge behind holding a Paris centenary Games. Los
Angeles was less urgent as it held the
Games in 1984.
Mr Macron recalled that Paris, which
also hosted in 1900, failed in its bids for
the 1992, 2008 and 2012 Games. ?We
don?t want to lose a fourth one,? he said.
The final decision on 2024 will be taken
at an IOC session in Lima, Peru, in
September.
Guy Drut, France?s IOC member,
introduced Mr Macron as ?a boxer and
a tennis player?. The president is a keen
tennis player and put on a pair of boxing
gloves at a sports event recently.
?The cost is extremely limited. The
total cost has nothing to do with the
past,? Mr Macron said. He also played
down fears over security, citing the 2016
football European Championship.
Paris is aiming at a ?3.5 billion budget
with another ?2.8 billion to build
transport and other infrastructure. The
Paris bid emphasised that existing
venues would be used. A ?110 million
JEFF ROSS/CATERS
aquatic centre would be built with
public funds and ?1.2 billion of public
and private investment would be
needed to build an Olympic village by
the Seine in the Grand Paris zone.
Opponents are seeking signatures
for petitions to block the Games being
held in the city. Fr閐閞ic Viale, of the
?No to the 2024 Paris Games? collective, yesterday called it a ruinous
project that was being imposed on the
city in the interests of the IOC.
However, unlike previous bids, the
idea has caught the public imagination
as France enjoys a lift after Mr Macron?s
election with improving economic performance. Lib閞ation, the left-wing
paper that normally scorns expensive
spectacle, said: ?Our heart tells us that
this could be a beautiful party.?
Dinner for two
presidents up
Eiffel Tower
Adam Sage Paris
My little pony Alice Daisy has the perfect playmate in Bluey, who was bred at a miniature horse centre in Aquitaine, France. He is 15in tall and behaves ?like a puppy?
President Macron will seek to woo
President Trump with a combination of
military might and gastronomic grandeur when his US counterpart makes a
two-day visit to France this week.
Mr Macron has brushed aside the
threat of protests to lay on a lavish programme that includes dinner at the
Eiffel Tower and an invitation to watch
the traditional Bastille Day parade on
the Champs 蒷ys閑s on Friday.
With Angela Merkel increasingly
hostile to Mr Trump, and Theresa May
viewed in Paris as an enfeebled leader,
Mr Macron wants to portray himself as
a bridge between Washington and its
western allies. His aim is to prevent Mr
Trump from isolating the US from the
international community, his aides say.
Mr Macron feels that he has shown
himself to be the sort of strong leader
that Mr Trump respects after crushing
the American president?s fingers during a power handshake at the Nato
summit in Brussels in May, and then
taking the lead in global criticism of his
decision to pull the US out of the Paris
climate change accord.
Mr Trump, who was in Hamburg last
week for the G20 summit, will cross the
Atlantic again for the 100th anniversary of America?s entry into the First
World War. He is expected to pay tribute to the American troops who died by
visiting a US cemetery in France.
Statue of anti-mafia judge beheaded Greece plans ?1m lottery
Italy
Tom Kington Rome
The statue of an Italian judge murdered
while fighting the mafia has been
decapitated in Palermo amid signs that
the Cosa Nostra is again flexing its muscles in Sicily.
The marble head of Giovanni Falcone, who was killed in 1992, was
wrenched off the statue before being
used as a battering ram at a school
named after him in Palermo?s impoverished Zen neighbourhood. ?Insulting
the memory of Falcone is a miserable
exhibition of cowardice,? said the
Italian prime minister, Paolo Gentiloni.
On the same night, outside another
Palermo school, a poster of Mr Falcone
was burnt by vandals.
The judge was blown up in his car
with half a tonne of explosives, creating
a blast strong enough to register as a
minor earthquake, at the height of the
crackdown he and Paolo Borsellino, a
fellow magistrate, ordered against the
Cosa Nostra. Mr Borsellino was
murdered by the mafia in 1992.
Since then, many Cosa Nostra bosses
have been jailed and superseded by the
shadowy ?Ndrangheta mafia from
Calabria, in the toe of Italy, which now
dominates Europe?s cocaine trade.
A young generation of bosses trying
to revive Cosa Nostra in Palermo has
proved less effective, giving away secrets carelessly on Facebook, police say.
Nigerian gangs setting up prostitution rings in Palermo have moved into
the vacuum.
What may change the balance of
power is the release from jail of the old
generation of mobsters who answered
to ?Toto? Riina, the murderous boss
behind the deaths of Mr Falcone and
Mr Borsellino.
In a sign that Palermo was returning
to its old ways, Giuseppe Dainotti, considered an old-school boss, was shot
dead in May by an assassin on a motorbike. Released from jail in 2014 after a
long sentence for murder, drug trafficking and robbery, Mr Dainotti was
allegedly back in the drug trade.
?When people say the mafia is finished or defeated, sooner or later something happens that shows the mafia is
still here,? Francesco Lo Voi, a Palermo
prosecutor, said at the time.
Sunday?s attack on the statue is the
fourth time it has been vandalised, but
Pietro Grasso, the president of the
Italian senate and a former mafia-busting magistrate, said: ?If this was a mafia
warning, it was a show of weakness not
of strength.?
to beat the tax dodgers
Greece
Anthee Carassava Athens
Athens is to launch a national lottery
offering Greeks the chance to win
?1 million every month ? but only if
they switch to paying by debit or creditcard rather than cash.
Shoppers will have their receipts
effectively entered into an official
tombola in Greece?s latest attempt discourage tax evasion.
The move is designed to persuade
Greeks to stop using cash, which fuels
the black market. Treasury officials
believe that the money trail created
would help the government to uncover
tax cheats.
The prize money will be deposited
straight into a winner?s bank account ?
after any money owed to the taxman
has been deducted.
Athens has found it hard to stamp out
tax cheats, in part because Greeks are
trying to cope with more austerity
measures, inflation and salary cuts.
The lottery comes after a government decree called for the mandatory
installation of debit-card terminals in
200,000 small and medium-sized businesses across the country.
After the lottery is launched in the
next few weeks, each month a thousand
winners will receive ?1,000.
Greece?s eurozone creditors are paying out ?7.7 billion in new rescue funds
this week to keep the country?s ailing
economy afloat.
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Trump aides push for
mercenaries in Kabul
United States
Catherine Philp
President Trump?s closest advisers
have met the founder of the world?s
most notorious private security
company, Blackwater, to formulate a
plan to replace American troops in
Afghanistan with mercenaries.
Steve Bannon, Mr Trump?s chief
strategist, and Jared Kushner, the
president?s son-in-law, approached
Erik Prince to come up with proposals, along with Stephen Feinberg,
the billionaire owner of another
contractor, DynCorp International,
according to The New York Times.
Both men made fortunes sending
private soldiers to bolster US troops
fighting the so-called war on terror in
Iraq and Afghanistan. Blackwater
achieved notoriety in 2007 when its
employees opened fire in central
Baghdad, killing 17 Iraqi civilians.
Four of the guards were later jailed
and five top executives were indicted
on weapons-related charges. The
company settled multiple costly
lawsuits from the families of victims
and employees killed in Iraq and
Afghanistan, and was the subject of
several congressional investigations.
Mr Prince sold Blackwater in 2010
and moved to Abu Dhabi, where he
formed a new company. He reemerged in the US during the
election campaign as an ardent supporter of Mr Trump. His sister, Betsy
DeVos, is secretary of education.
Days before Mr Trump?s inauguration, Mr Prince wrote an opinion
piece in the Financial Times, proposing a public-private partnership to
secure Libya?s borders as a solution to
Europe?s migrant crisis.
In May, he sketched out a plan,
published in The Wall Street Journal,
to rescue America?s ?expensive
disaster? in Afghanistan by appointing an all-powerful viceroy, effectively ripping up rules of engagement
and sending ?private military units?
to do the work of American soldiers.
The proposals Mr Prince drew up
with Mr Feinberg are closely modelled on that plan.
Mr Prince?s proposals for Afghanistan involved using private military
units made up of local recruits led by
European mercenaries.
His representatives did not respond to requests for comment.
Air tragedy At least 16 people died when a Marine Corp refuelling aircraft ?experienced a mishap? and plunged into a bean field
in Mississippi, 100 miles north of Jackson. The KC-130 was based at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point in North Carolina
Setback for Saudi blockade as
Tillerson signs deal with Qatar
Qatar
Richard Spencer
Middle East Correspondent
Rex Tillerson, the US secretary of
state, gave his backing to the blockaded Gulf state of Qatar yesterday,
describing as ?reasonable? its refusal
to meet the hostile demands of its
neighbours.
In a highly symbolic act, Mr Tillerson signed an agreement committing
Qatar to combat the financing of
terrorist networks.
The gas-rich Gulf kingdom has
been been accused of funding terrorist groups. It is one reason ? cited by
Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Bahrain ? for the
blockade that has cut direct flights to
Qatar and closed its only land border.
The timing of the agreement with
the US is significant, acting as a warning to Qatar?s four critics, all close
western allies, to back off in the dispute. ?I think Qatar has been quite
clear in its positions and I think very
reasonable,? Mr Tillerson said.
On the counterterrorism deal, he
added: ?The memorandum lays out a
series of steps the two countries will
take over the coming months and
years to interrupt and disable terror
financing flows and intensify
counterterrorism activities globally.?
However, Qatar?s neighbours described the agreement as inadequate.
?This step is insufficient,? a statement
issued by the four states said. They
pledged to ?carefully monitor the
seriousness of Qatari authorities in
combating all forms of financing,
supporting and harbouring terrorism?.
Saudi Arabia won initial backing
from President Trump for the embargo against Qatar when the president
tweeted support after his visit to
Riyadh in May, where he secured a
commitment from Muslim states to
fight terrorism.
However, Mr Tillerson and James
Mattis, the US defence secretary,
were more equivocal and warned
against allowing the dispute to escalate out of control. Qatar is home to
an important US airbase, al-Udeid.
In another dig at Qatar?s critics, all
of which were represented at the
Riyadh summit, Mr Tillerson said
that Qatar had been the first to respond to Mr Trump?s demands.
Boris Johnson, the foreign secretary, also implicitly sided with Qatar
while on a trip to the region on Saturday, describing the blockade as unwelcome and urging a de-escalation.
Qatar rejected out of hand a list of 13
demands presented by its neighbours, including cutting support for
political Islam and closing down the
Al Jazeera television network.
The Saudi side has threatened
more measures in retaliation, but it is
not clear what these would be. It has
ruled out military intervention.
Officials in Doha believe that the
Saudis and the Emiratis have tried to
persuade companies that do business
in all three countries to drop Qatar.
If that is the case, they received
another blow yesterday. The French
energy company Total, at the
announcement of a new contract to
run an offshore oil field with Qatar
Petroleum, said that it intended to
maintain production for many years.
Riyadh kills dissidents ?with British help?
Saudi Arabia
Catherine Philp
Saudi Arabia is using cybercrime
laws to secure convictions and death
sentences against protesters, raising
questions about British co-operation
on cybersecurity including training
provided to Saudi police.
Saudi Arabia?s secretive terrorism
court upheld a death sentence for
Abdulkareem al-Hawaj on Monday.
Last year he was convicted on
cybercrime
charges
including
spreading information on WhatsApp
?as proscribed by the cybercrime bill?
and sentenced to death. At the time of
his alleged crimes he was aged 16.
Last year it emerged the College of
Policing in Britain had trained Saudi
police in intelligence gathering on
protesters despite concerns that it
could be used to identify people who
would be ?tortured or subjected to
other human rights abuses?. Documents showed that the college
planned to step up its training to include ?cybersecurity? but had taken
no steps to ensure that this could not
be used in human rights abuses.
Britain promised to increase
cybersecurity and counterterrorism
co-operation with Saudi Arabia and
its Gulf allies in December at a
summit attended by Theresa May.
Cybercrime convictions have
increased more than 300 per cent in
the past three years, according to the
Saudi government, mostly in the
Eastern Province, the locus of Shia
protests against the ruling family.
Saudi activists have begun using
Telegram, the encrypted messaging
app favoured by Isis. Europol has criticised Telegram for its reluctance to
co-operate with anti-terrorism
authorities. One activist said: ?If Britain or the US is given a back door in,
then Saudi will have it the next day.?
Maya Foa, director of the human
rights organisation Reprieve, said it
was shocking that ministers continued to seek closer ties on cybersecurity. She urged them to explain
how they would avoid British complicity with abuses and to call for the
release of protesters facing execution.
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Five Star backs
fascist salutes as
it turns right in
search for votes
Italy
Tom Kington Rome
Italy?s anti-establishment Five Star
Movement has been accused of moving
further to the right after it blocked a
parliamentary bill that would have
banned fascist salutes and penalised
the sale of Mussolini memorabilia.
Describing it as ?liberticide? , a violation of freedom of speech, the party dug
in its heels over the bill, which proposed
prison sentences of up to two years for
selling coffee cups, baby bibs and calendars bearing the fascist logo, which proliferate in Italy.
Five Star, which was set up by Beppe
Grillo, a professional comedian, in
2009 has edged to the right in its battle
against migration, and taken a lead in
the polls. Italy must hold a general
election by next May at the latest.
?The Five Star Movement is like any
party that pretends to be neither left
nor right ? they always end up on the
right,? Emanuele Fiano,
an MP from the
centre-left Democratic Party who presented the legislation, said.
His bill aims to beef up
Italy?s 1952 law against
forming fascist parties.
It was passed after Benito
Mussolini?s 21-year dictatorship, when he passed
racial laws and forged a wartime alliance with Hitler.
Courts have often overlooked
the law, focusing instead on the
Italian constitution?s call for
freedom of opinion.
Italy has never fully repudiated its fascist history. Fascist
architecture
dominates
Thousands visit Mussolini?s
birthplace every year
many towns and an obelisk outside
Rome?s football stadium featuring the
word Duce, Mussolini?s title, was restored in time for the Champions
League final in 2009. Roberta Lombardi, a senior Five Star MP, blogged in
2013 that Italian fascism had started life
with a ?high sense of state and protection for the family?.
Mussolini?s birthplace, Predappio in
Emilia Romagna, attracts thousands
each year who crowd into souvenir
shops that sell coffee mugs with three
fascist-themed slogans: Believe, Obey
and Fight.
This week police raided a fascist
beach club near Venice where the
owner ranted against democracy.
Vittorio Ferraresi, a Five Star MP
who led opposition to the bill, said that
it risked turning all vestiges of fascism
into criminal acts, even the entire EUR
neighbourhood in Rome, which was
built as a monument to Mussolini.
Mr Fiano said, however, that something had to be done to counter the
threat of a fascist revival in Italy. He was
backed by Matteo Renzi, head of the
Democratic Party and the former
prime minister. ?Liberticide means
fascism, not the law against fascism,? he
said. ?It would be good if we could all
say that together in a loud voice.?
?Fascist propaganda is being
spread without filters today by the
internet and Italians are often
indifferent, claiming that
there are bigger problems
such as pensions and the
economy,? Mr Fiano,
whose father survived
Auschwitz,
said.
?But the problems we
h
have with the economy and
migrants are precisely what
makes this such a fertile moment
for fascism,? he added.
Turkish fury
as Cyprus
begins to
drill for gas
Cyprus
Hannah Lucinda Smith Istanbul
Anthee Carassava Athens
A cover up Cyclists in Lianyungang take extreme measures to protect themselves
from the sun as a 40C heatwave spreads across northern and eastern China
?Black Widow? admits killing husband
Japan
Richard Lloyd Parry Tokyo
A 70-year old former millionairess,
known as the ?Black Widow? killer, told
a Japanese court that she would go to
the gallows laughing after pleading
guilty to killing her elderly husband
with cyanide to inherit his money.
Chisako Kakehi is accused of three
murders and one attempted murder, of
her husband and former boyfriends.
She inherited a billion yen (�8 million) after as many as ten men who were
close to her died suddenly of what was
originally taken to be natural causes.
In court in the city of Kyoto, Kakehi,
right, first denied the charges, claiming
that confessions to police had been
made under duress. But yesterday she
admitted that she had used hydrogen
cyanide to poison her last husband, Isao
Kakehi, 75, in 2013, a month after they
married.
Her lawyers say that she cannot be
held criminally responsible because
she suffers from dementia, a diagnosis
which is acknowledged by the prosecu-
tion. Her mental state was hinted at by
her erratic remarks in court. ?Even if I
am sentenced to death,? she said, ?I?m
prepared to die laughing.?
Japan retains hanging as a punishment for murder.
Asked how she felt about the man
d: ?Fifty
Fifty
she killed, Kakehi said:
per cent sorry, and fiftyy per
cent angry.
?I never got anyy
money from Isao . . .
compared to the
women he used to be
in a relationship
with
I
was
discriminated
against. I didn?t get a
penny after we married.?
She said that she
obtained the cyanide while
hich printrunning a business which
ow she adminised T-shirts. Asked how
tered the poison, however, she said:
?I?m suffering from dementia. I don?t
remember.?
She registered with various marriage
and introduction agencies, seeking a
?partner in his 70s or 80s who owns his
own house?. But each successful match
ended when her partners died of what
was described at the time as illness,
although no post-mortem examinations were performed. All bequeathed
their assets to Kakehi.
When Mr Kakehi died, it
a first taken to be
was at
from a heart attack.
Bu a post-mortem
But
ex
examination
rev
vealed
high levels of
h
hydrogen
cyanide in
h body.
his
Before her arrest,
sh told a Japanese
she
new
newspaper:
?I have
neve asked to get marnever
ried. It happened because
everyone fell in love with
me and said, ?Let?s live together?.
w
I enjoyed living with
each of these
men.?
In another interview, she said: ?If
people suspect murder, I?d find it easier
to bite my tongue off and die.?
A tussle for gas has quashed prospects
of a reunification settlement for Cyprus
despite early hopes that the reserves
could help produce a peace deal on the
divided island.
The French energy company Total,
which has been contracted by the
government in the Greek-speaking
republic, will begin drilling on Friday.
Its vessel is due to arrive in the area
today, provoking a furious response
from President Erdogan of Turkey.
The Aphrodite gasfield, estimated to
contain five trillion cubic feet of natural
gas, is in Republic of Cyprus waters, but
Ankara insists that the profits of any
reserves should be shared with the
Turkish-speaking entity in the northern third of the island, a state recognised only in Turkey.
In recent months Turkey has threatened to send its own exploration
vessels. Mr Erdogan, speaking at the
World Petroleum Congress in Istanbul
on Monday, said: ?Some of the energy
companies have contributed to the
irresponsible steps taken by the Greek
Cypriot side. They risk losing the
friendship of Turkey.?
The discovery of natural gas off
Cyprus in 2010 had initially seemed to
lay the foundations for a reunification
deal on the island, which has been
divided into Greek and Turkish-speaking parts since the 1974 civil war.
The Greek Cypriots planned to
transport the gas through a pipeline to
Turkey, where it would be liquefied and
exported. Their prerequisite for that
plan was the reunification of the island.
However, peace talks stalled at the
beginning of this year as both sides
began ramping up the nationalist
rhetoric, and negotiations were called
off on Friday.
Greece?s military is on heightened
alert for fear of Turkish reprisals in
response to Cyprus?s decision to go
ahead with the drilling. Nicos Anastasiades, the Greek Cypriot president,
vowed to continue with the project
despite Turkey?s objections.
Web clampdown to fortify
Great Firewall of China
China
Jamie Fullerton Beijing
Two hundred million Chinese internet
users face a renewed clampdown on
their online activities after the
government moved to block domestic
access to any content deemed unsuitable by Communist Party censors.
Beijing has ordered the country?s
state-run internet providers to block
the use of virtual private networks
(VPNs), which can be used to circumvent
censorship
and
internet
restrictions, according to Bloomberg.
The networks, often run by private
companies outside China, are available
to anyone for a small subscription fee
and allow users to access content
normally blocked in the country.
Nearly 30 per cent of China?s 700 million internet users are estimated to
employ VPNs to circumvent China?s
internet rules, often referred to as the
Great Firewall of China. Thousands of
sites and apps, including Facebook,
Twitter and Instagram, are blocked.
Millions of internet users also rely on
VPNs to access news beyond China?s
state-controlled media. Some foreign
news sites that have criticised Beijing,
such as The New York Times, are
blocked. Articles about subjects
including the 1989 Tiananmen Square
massacre are also routinely barred.
Companies have been given until
February to block individual users from
accessing VPNs.
Kaiser Kuo, former head of international communications at the Chinese technology giant Baidu, wrote on
Facebook: ?This is ridiculous. If they?re
as interested in security and stability as
they say they are, then they should
leave VPNs accessible.?
The move does not guarantee the
demise of VPNs in China. Many
Chinese people use foreign VPNs, of
which there are many providers, making it hard to suppress them all.
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Software hold-up leaves businesses waiting in vain for rates relief
James Hurley Enterprise Editor
Hundreds of millions of pounds of relief
promised to companies hit by rises in
business rates is not reaching them
because councils are waiting for months
at a time for software to be updated.
In delays branded ?ridiculous? by
representatives of small businesses,
local authorities are warning ratepayers
that they cannot provide any timetable
for when compensation will be provided
as they do not know when new billing
systems will be ready.
Businesses in England were told by
the government in the budget in March
that they would be given a share of
�0 million of emergency relief.
Civica, which supplies the business
rates software used by one in five local
authorities in England, said that it was
working with central and local government to update software so that bills
could be amended to reflect help
Carillion?s
debt crisis
worsening
provided by a business rates ?hardship
fund?.
Northgate, another leading software
provider, said that it was meeting the
government today to discuss the issue.
Thousands of companies that may
qualify for compensation have been hit
with higher rates bills. The Federation
of Small Businesses said that some of its
members were reporting that bailiffs
had been appointed to collect debts on
bills that they believe were overdue for
adjustment. Councils are telling ratepayers that they cannot issue the emergency relief and corrected bills until
software is updated.
Most companies did not face a rise
when business rates changed in April
after a revaluation of commercial properties, but bills have gone up for more
than 500,000 businesses, with some
suffering rises of up to 3,000 per cent.
A Civica spokeswoman said: ?We are
working to implement the necessary
MARKS & SPENCER
M&S back in
fashion but
food sales
take a dip
Deirdre Hipwell Retail Editor
Marks & Spencer may have just unveiled better first-quarter clothing sales
than had been expected, but a dip in
performance at its vital food division
has spooked the City.
Its shares fell in early trading and
closed the day down nearly 5 per cent at
323p despite M&S demonstrating that
its long-promised revival in clothing
may finally be under way.
Market experts said that the City
appeared to be concerned about a
0.1 per cent dip in like-for-like food sales
in the first quarter.
Richard Chamberlain, an analyst at
RBC Capital Markets, said: ?We think
that M&S has not been able to pass on
current [food prices] inflation in the
sector in a competitive environment.?
However, Steve Rowe, chief executive of M&S, said that he was ?quite
happy? with its food division. He said
that there was ?just a fraction?of
difference between its comparable food
sales and what analysts had expected,
adding that M&S?s food prices inflation
was running at 2 per cent, lower than
the industry.
?There has been some cannibalisation [of sales] as we open new Simply
Food stores,? he said, ?but we are growing market share and we are quite
happy with it [the division]. Our guidance for the full year is unchanged.?
Mr Rowe said that overall he believed
that M&S was where it planned to be at
this stage in its turnaround plan and he
was ?delighted? with the performance
in its clothing division.
Like-for-like sales in clothing and
homewares dropped by 1.2 per cent in
the 13 weeks to July 1, but this was better
than expected. ?We have grown fullprice market share [in clothing,] and
volume market share and we are growing market share in our store sales, too.
We have gained a 35 per cent market
share in bras for the first time in our history,? Mr Rowe said. M&S has been try-
Measures to fix balance sheet branded inadequate
Marcus Leroux, Patrick Hosking
Carillion shares plunged for the second
day running as the City calculated that
it would need to raise more than its
market value in new shares to fix its
?mess? of a balance sheet.
The troubled construction and facilities management company has lost
most of its value in two days of trading
after a succession of botched projects
forced it to take �5 million of writedowns on Monday.
Analysts said yesterday that the
�5 million savings from axing the
dividend and exiting business in Qatar,
Saudi Arabia and Egypt would not be
enough to bring its debt into line.
Investors are also looking nervously
at Carillion?s pension obligations.
The collapse in the share price, which
fell a further 33.5 per cent to 78p yesterday, represented a big payday for the
pack of hedge funds that had built short
positions in the group. A short position
equivalent to 24 per cent of the company?s stock had built up, led by Marshall Wace, with a 4.2 per cent position,
and Blackrock, with 3.2 per cent.
Yields on Carillion?s bonds, due to
mature in 2019, also have risen sharply,
doubling since last week to 7.65 per cent.
Liberum said that the measures to
outline the balance sheet, which it
branded ?a mess?, were inadequate.
?None of these are anything like sufficient in the context of the about
�0 million second-half average net
debt,? its analysts said in a note, adding
that it was ?hard to see a solution without equity?.
Morgan Stanley said that the group
had limited ?trophy assets that can
realise value?, while Andrew Gibbs, an
RBC analyst, said the shortfall was so
great that it might need a �0 million
rights issue before long.
Carillion?s market value last night
was �5 million, while its average net
borrowing in the first half was �5 million, up from �7 million.
UBS said that Carillion?s options
included selling assets, raising equity or
converting debt into equity. ?The
potential outcome for current shareholders remains highly uncertain at
this stage,? it said in a note.
Keith Cochrane, Carillion?s interim
chief executive, said on Monday that
the company was considering ?all options? to reduce debt, but he played
down the need for a cash-call to cover
restructuring costs.
Pension promises to 29,000 past and
present staff are weighing on investor
sentiment. Carillion has promised them
�38 billion of retirement payments,
but the pension schemes have assets of
only �57 billion. The shortfall after tax
has doubled in the past year from
�8 million to �3 million because of
the fall in bond yields. The company is
committed to making deficit-filling
payments of as much as � million a
year up to 2029, but its deteriorating
finances could oblige the trustees to demand faster or bigger payments.
The company said in its profit warning on Monday that its net debts had
worsened to �5 million. Carillion also
has more than �0 million of potential
liabilities that do not appear on the
balance sheet.
Alistair Osborne, page 39
updates as quickly as possible in conjunction with both [central government] and with our customers.?
A spokesman for the Local Government Association said: ?Uncertainty
caused by the calling of the general
election led to late government confirmation of the funding and rules around
how it should be distributed. This has
been compounded by delays caused by
the time taken by suppliers to make software changes.?
Marks & Spencer said it was delighted by the performance of its clothes division
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1
A cosmetics chain with outlets
in London?s biggest shopping
centres is paying some of its
staff only �05 an hour, an
investigation has found. Soap &
Co has been accused of treating
workers as self-employed when
they should have been given
full-time employment contracts.
The news came on the day that a
review recommended changes to
protect workers in the so-called
gig economy. Pages 2, 10
2
Britain?s biggest high street
lender will slash the costs of
its overdrafts. Lloyds is
abolishing all fees on unplanned
overdrafts in a move it hopes will
avoid sanctions by the financial
regulator and head off competition
from new lenders. Page 6
3
New graduates are shunning
top City jobs, with growing
numbers unclear about their
future life plans, research suggests.
High Fliers, a research company,
said that fewer of this summer?s
graduates wanted to work for
investment banks, partly because
of Brexit job market fears. Page 14
4
Carillion shares plunged for
the second day running as the
City calculated that the
troubled construction and facilities
management company would
need to raise more than its market
value in new shares to fix its
?mess? of a balance sheet. Page 37
5
Hundreds of millions of
pounds of relief promised to
companies hit by rises in
business rates is not reaching
them because councils are waiting
for months for software to be
updated. Page 37
6
Marks & Spencer may have
just unveiled better firstquarter clothing sales than
had been expected, but a dip in
performance at its vital food
division spooked the City. Its
shares fell nearly 5 per cent,
despite M&S showing that its
long-promised revival in clothing
may be under way. Page 37
7
Store Twenty One, a West
Midlands-based retail fashion
chain that has been struggling
for some time, has collapsed into
compulsory liquidation with the
loss of 900 jobs. All 122 of its
stores ceased trading on Friday
and will not reopen.
8
The pound fell to an eightmonth low against the euro
after Ben Broadbent, deputy
governor at the Bank of England
made no mention of how he
planned to vote on interest rates at
the monetary policy committee?s
meeting next month. Page 40
9
Pearson has offloaded almost
half of its holding in Penguin
Random House in a
transaction that means the
publisher can return �0 million
cash to shareholders. The group
said that it was selling a 22 per
cent stake in Penguin Random
House to Bertelsmann, the
German publishing group, for
about $1 billion. Page 43
10
Ofgem has vowed to rein
in profits at energy
network companies after
a report by Citizens Advice
claimed that consumers were
paying them �5 billion too much
because of lax regulation. Page 44
Reform of gig
economy will
cost jobs, claim
business groups
Philip Aldrick Economics Editor
Business groups warned yesterday that
jobs may be lost if the government
adopts the recommendations from
Matthew Taylor?s review into modern
work, as unions expressed dismay that
his proposals did not go far enough.
The chief executive of the Royal
Society of Arts published his longawaited report into how the state
should address the increase in selfemployment and zero hours workers
since the financial crisis, with his goal to
tackle exploitation, increase clarity on
worker status and bring employment
law up to date.
The rise of insecure work has raised
concerns among unions, but it has been
welcomed by gig economy companies
such as Uber and Deliveroo for the
flexibility it affords both employers and
employees.
The CBI, the employers? group, welcomed the recognition that ?labour
market flexibility is a key strength of
the UK economy?, but warned that ?a
number of proposals in the report will
be of significant concern to businesses?.
Neil Carberry, the CBI?s managing
director for people and skills, said:
?Changes to the application of the
minimum wage, rewriting employment
status tests and altering agency worker
rules could have unintended consequences that are negative for individuals, as well as affecting firms? ability
to create new jobs.?
Mr Taylor has proposed a higher
minimum wage for ?non-guaranteed
hours?, or overtime, which could deter
the use of zero hours contracts, of
which there are almost a million in the
UK. He also would switch the burden of
proof over the employment status of a
worker to the employer and abolish a
loophole used to keep agency workers
on lower pay than a company?s own
staff doing the same job. The CBI
objected to all three proposals.
A proposal to tighten the definition of
worker status as ?dependent contractor?, where working is judged to be
controlled by the employer, not the
employee, would reclassify many selfemployed people. As a result, companies such as Uber and Deliveroo would
have to pay benefits and the minimum
wage to all their combined 50,000-plus
drivers and riders unless they changed
their business models, Mr Taylor said.
The proposals also would result in
both Uber and Deliveroo paying
national insurance on their workforces,
which they avoid at present.
Mr Carberry said: ?The government
will need to consider these aspects
extremely carefully, alongside proposals for any future tax changes, to
ensure our labour market retains the
flexibility and entrepreneurship that
has made it the mainstay of the UK
economy.?
He added that a higher minimum
wage for zero hours workers ?may have
the unintended consequence of encouraging the creation of a large number of fixed, short-hour jobs, leading to
fewer people getting the work that they
want?.
Adam Marshall, director-general of
the British Chambers of Commerce,
agreed. ?While the notion of a wage
premium in exchange for uncertain
working hours is superficially attractive, it could have unforeseen consequences and push wage costs up elsewhere,? he said.
Despite what appeared to be
pro-worker proposals, unions were
disappointed. Frances O?Grady, general secretary of the TUC, said: ?It?s no
secret that we wanted this review to be
bolder. This is not the game-changer
needed to end insecurity at work.
?But Matthew Taylor is right to call
for equal pay for agency staff and sick
leave for low-paid workers, something
that unions have long campaigned for.
The government should move swiftly to
implement these recommendations.?
Mr Taylor also recommended
aligning tax and employment status, a
point supported by IPSE, the association of Independent Professionals and
the Self-Employed, as ?clearly a positive step, as this is an issue that currently causes a great deal of confusion?.
Paris has
its heart
set on
bankers
T
he chief executive
of HSBC has said
that France?s
plans to loosen its
employment rules
make relocating there
more attractive
(Katherine Griffiths
writes).
?The package of
reforms suggested last
week is very, very
positive,? Stuart
Gulliver said. He
reiterated his warning
that if Britain were to
crash out of the
European Union
without a deal that
allowed London-based
banks to operate easily
inside the bloc, HSBC
would move 1,000 jobs.
It has selected Paris
as the place it will put
them, reflecting the
fact that it owns CCF,
the French bank.
?There are about
1,000 jobs out of
43,000 that are
employed in the UK
that will be unlawful
for our activities to be
Snap judgment as shares fall The number?s up for Store
James Dean US Business Editor
The investment bank that led Snap?s
stock market debut has taken the unusual step of cutting its price forecast
for the company?s shares to less than
the amount at which they were offered
to investors before the float.
Morgan Stanley, lead underwriter on
Snap?s initial public offering in March,
slashed its price target for the maker of
the Snapchat messaging app yesterday
by more than 40 per cent from $28 to
$16, having initially offered the shares
to investors for $17.
Snap?s $20 billion debut was the most
hotly anticipated technology listing in
years. However, investors have grown
concerned that Facebook has successfully copied Snapchat?s most popular
features and is developing its rival apps,
such as Instagram, more rapidly. Insta-
gram?s Stories feature, a direct competitor to Snapchat Stories, has 250 million
users, compared with the 166 million
that use Snap?s product.
Morgan Stanley?s downgrade was the
second blow this week for Snap, whose
shares closed below the $17 offer price
for the first time on Monday. Shares fell
9 per cent to close at $15.47 in New York
last night.
Brian Nowak, an analyst at Morgan
Stanley, said: ?We believe Instagram is
likely to be more disruptive than
previously expected.? He cut his rating
on Snap shares to ?equal weight? from
?underweight?.
Snap?s advertising product was not
improving as quickly as expected, Mr
Nowak said in a note to investors. ?We
have been wrong about Snap?s ability to
innovate and improve its ad product
this year,? he wrote.
Deirdre Hipwell Retail Editor
Store Twenty One, the retail fashion
chain that has been struggling for some
time, has collapsed into compulsory
liquidation with the loss of 900 jobs.
The West Midlands-based discount
retailer is being liquidated by Quantuma, a corporate recovery and advisory group. All 122 stores ceased trading on Friday and will not reopen.
Quantuma said yesterday that Store
Twenty One had been ?battling for survival? after failing to secure investment
after a company voluntary arrangement last July. The CVA, a controversial
insolvency process, resulted in the closure of about 80 shops but was not
enough to save the business.
Simon Bonney, a partner at Quantuma, said that the ?beginning of the
end? had been signalled in April after
6 Vertu, the luxury phone maker,
will be placed into liquidation
tomorrow after a last-ditch bid to
find a buyer collapsed (Robin
Pagnamenta writes). Last month the
Hampshire-based company, which
makes phones clad in leather,
titanium and sapphire glass, applied
to the courts to be placed in
administration after running out of
money to pay suppliers and the
salaries of its 178 UK staff. Hopes it
could be rescued in a pre-pack
administration financed by its owner
Murat Hakan Uzan, a Paris-based
Turkish exile, evaporated yesterday.
He had been hoping to buy the
company out of administration for
�9 million if a court agreed to
cancel its debts of �8 million.
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Business
carried out of the UK if
it?s hard Brexit,? Mr
Gulliver said during
the Paris Europlace
International Financial
Forum.
蒬ouard Philippe,
the French prime
minister, told the
conference that France
would use ?all means?
to make Paris Europe?s
main post-Brexit
financial capital. He
has pledged to reduce
the cost of employing
financial services staff
in France and also has
committed to keeping
the regulatory burden
competitive.
?We want Paris to
become Europe?s new
No 1 financial hub after
Brexit,? Mr Philippe
said, speaking in
English to an audience
of financial executives.
France plans to scrap
the highest bracket of
France is
intent on
making
Paris the
financial
centre of
Europe
after
Brexit.
London
has other
rivals, too,
including
Berlin,
above left
payroll tax for banks
and will make it easier
to sack employees by
not requiring bonuses
to be taken into
account in unfair
dismissal claims. It is
also promising a
special court to handle
English law cases.
Paris, Berlin,
Frankfurt and Dublin
are among the
European cities
competing for business
as banks decide where
to move jobs from the
UK.
Jamie Dimon,
chief executive of
JP Morgan Chase,
told the conference
that the Wall Street
bank was set to make
Frankfurt its centre
inside the bloc, but
probably would split
jobs between Germany,
France and the
Republic of Ireland.
How many would leave
Britain depended on
the Brexit negotiation,
he said.
Mr Dimon said that
the EU would be able
to ?simply dictate? how
many of JP Morgan?s
16,000 employees
would have to leave the
UK by deciding what
type of jobs it required
to be done by people
within the bloc, rather
than remotely in
London.
Dublin emerged this
week as the favourite
place for relocation,
just ahead of
Frankfurt. A report by
EY showed that of the
222 financial services
companies it
monitored, so far 59
had made statements
about moving some
staff or establishing a
new entity within the
EU after Brexit.
Nineteen have
mentioned moving to
Dublin or Ireland,
making it the most
popular relocation
plan. Frankfurt is
second, with 18
mentioning Frankfurt
or Germany. Berlin has
been identified as an
option by Samsung.
Dublin is also
popular among
lawyers. A total of 806
English and Welsh
solicitors applied to
join the Irish roll of
solicitors in 2016, with
another 300 doing so
in the first half of this
year, according to the
latest figures from the
Law Society of Ireland.
That is a much
higher level than
normal. One concern
is about losing the
right to represent
clients at the European
Court of Justice.
Twenty One M&S food sales worry City
Continued from page 37
the retailer was served with a windingup notice by Revenue & Customs over
unpaid tax, which breached the terms
of Store Twenty One?s CVA. Although
the notice was withdrawn, a second
application was made in June, and then
withdrawn again, before the court
finally issued an order to wind up the
retailer.
Mr Bonney said: ?We are now in the
process of conducting an orderly winddown and would welcome contact with
any interested parties who may wish to
purchase assets of the company.?
Store Twenty One?s turnover in
recent years has declined from � million to � million, with sustained
losses. Mr Bonney said: ?The traditional retail sector continues to face significant challenges, not least with the
changes in business rates.?
ing to revive its clothing sales for years
and reduce its reliance on discounting.
Mr Rowe said that full-price sales were
up 7 per cent during the period after it
held 27 fewer promotions than it did
last year. He said that clothing like-forlike sales could begin to turn positive
this year as M&S continued to reduce
discounting.
Since he took over last year Mr Rowe
has initiated a host of changes, from a
decision to shut up to 30 stores across
Britain in the coming years to a planned
exit from ten international markets.
The M&S lifer, who started at the
group as a Saturday boy, has set in
motion several other changes, including streamlining the clothing range,
improving the quality and supply of
affordable, wearable fashion and gradually reducing the overall amount of
space devoted to general merchandise
across its UK store estate by 10 per cent.
In May he insisted that M&S was on
the right track even as its full-year
profits slumped 64 per cent to
�6.4 million after it was hit by
�7.4 million of restructuring charges
related to the five-year strategy to restore profit growth to a business that
only a decade ago was reporting profits
of more than �billion.
Yesterday Robert Swannell, the outgoing chairman, told shareholders that
M&S had successfully navigated nearly
seven years of ?unprecedented? tough
conditions on the high street.
?Sixty per cent of our business is food
and if you had been invested in many of
the main listed grocers during the same
period you would have done significantly worse than being invested in
M&S by some margin,? he said.
Pearson?s latest is
lost in translation
business commentary Alistair Osborne
N
ot every bestseller at
Penguin Random House
is about the tribulations
of Pearson plc. But
there?s plenty in the
reference section: The Crash
Detectives (on the share price),
You?re Saying It Wrong (on its
jargon-addict boss John Fallon) and,
of course, to sum up the
shareholders? feelings, My Boyfriend
Barfed in My Handbag.
Still, one stands out ? Lost in
Translation, an exciting tome on
?foreign words that have no direct
translation into English?. Pearson?s
gone one better. Even the stuff it
says in English seems to mean
something else. Take yesterday?s deal
to sell a 22 per cent stake in the
PRH publishing house to jointventure partner Bertelsmann, raising
$1 billion cash (report, page 43).
No sooner was it announced than
the shares jumped 3 per cent, no
doubt reflecting investors? joy at
being bribed with their own money:
the sale will fund a �0 million
share buyback. Still, the price looked
OK, even if at the bottom end of
historic valuations. And maybe
Pearson has made the most of a bad
job following January?s profits alert
from its core education business
that took 29 per cent off the shares.
Pearson gets to keep a quarter stake
in PRH, so limiting earnings
dilution (Liberum reckons it would
have been 20 per cent if it sold the
lot) while getting net debt below
�0 million ? the lowest level
since it sold the FT.
Pretty soon, though, the shares
were on the slide, closing down
5 per cent at 658.5p. And not just
because investors had worked out
that it didn?t reflect so prettily on
Pearson that it has been forced to
flog off bits of a book publisher that
has delivered ?significant value?
since its creation in 2013. A sale of
some of the PRH stake has been on
the cards since January.
No, it was what Pearson said
about the dividend, namely that its
policy would ?reflect a sustainable
and progressive? payout that is
?comfortably covered by the
earnings of our business excluding
any contribution from PRH?. Now,
everyone knew the 52p a share
divvy, costing �4 million, was
getting chopped or ?rebased? as Mr
Fallon put it at the profits warning.
But here?s what finance chief Coram
Williams has just said he means by
?comfortably covered?: a bit more
than two times. In short, the divvy?s
being butchered to 16p to 17p.
Or quite a bit less than market
forecasts suggesting it would be
halved to 26p. True, Pearson may
have struggled to say this before the
Bertelsmann deal. Yet with the yield
on the shares now down to 2.5 per
cent, the educationally challenged
Pearson looks even less appealing.
Not one for the income funds?
handbags, anyway.
Bodged job
S
ome profits warnings are built
to last. Carillion?s has been
around for two days now ?
another third off the shares
yesterday to go with Monday?s 39
per cent. At 77.9p, the construction
and outsourcing outfit is valued at
just �5 million.
Not a lot, when second-half debt
will average at least �0 million
and when Carillion is in talks with
the pension trustees over plugging a
�0 million-plus deficit. So, no big
shock to see those in-the-money
short sellers taking it on again. As
rehearsed here yesterday, the gaping
hole in Monday?s update was a
rescue rights issue: no one believes
it can dig itself out with �5 million
of asset sales that might not happen,
axing the � million dividend and
cost-cuts. Analysts reckon it needs
to raise at least �0 million.
True, stand-in chief executive
Keith Cochrane was understandably
reluctant to pluck a figure out of the
air. But chairman Philip Green
badly misjudged the market
reaction ? and will no doubt soon
be following ex-chief executive
Richard Howson out of the door.
An emergency fundraising will be
even more dilutive now. And as
Applied Value analyst Stephen
Rawlinson put it, investors won?t put
new money in ?if they think it?ll just
go into the pension deficit?.
Carillion needs a new plan ? fast.
Gig for victory
R
ebecca Long-Bailey, the
shadow business secretary,
says she doesn?t use Uber
?because I don?t feel like it?s morally
acceptable?. It?s a principled stand
and understandable too, given the
company?s record of sexual
harassment and worse. Yet millions
do use the taxi app, mainly because
it?s usually reliable and cheap.
There?s no shortage of drivers either.
So it?s to Matthew Taylor?s credit
that he?s stood back from the moral
debate over the gig economy.
Instead his review recognised the
flexibility zero-hour contracts bring
to the economy and proposed subtle
changes that might even make Uber
a more likeable company. Key is a
bit of semantics: a new class of
worker, the ?dependent contractor?,
somewhere between company
employees and the self-employed.
His suggestions include paying
such contractors 12 per cent more
an hour to make up for holiday pay.
True, it raises issues over ?piece
rates?, if for example an Uber driver
clocked on for work at 3am when
there was little demand. But this
could be sorted by Uber making the
going rate clear at the start of the
shift. Ms Long-Bailey pointed out
that Uber was free to ?reform their
practices?. Mr Taylor?s review makes
a decent starting point for that.
Road to nowhere
H
ere?s the cause of the
productivity crisis. UK
drivers spend an average 44
hours a year looking for a parking
space. It?s even worse in London: 67
hours. Tot up the time driving
around, parking costs and parking
tickets and it comes to � billion.
The survey?s from traffic info outfit
Inrix. Even so, if we all switch to
public transport, won?t it go bust?
alistair.osborne@thetimes.co.uk
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Business
KNIGHT FRANK
Bank deputy?s
silence on rate
increase drags
down sterling
Tom Knowles
Economics Correspondent
The pound fell to an eight-month low
against the euro yesterday after a
policymaker at the Bank of England
made no mention of how he planned to
vote on interest rates next month.
Ben Broadbent, deputy governor at
the Bank, left investors disappointed
after giving a speech in Aberdeen that
offered no insight into his views on
monetary policy and whether the
Bank?s rate should rise soon from its
record low of 0.25 per cent.
Financial markets had been hoping
for more clues around what a key
member of the Bank?s rate-setting
monetary policy committee was planning, after three of the committee?s nine
members voted for a rise in rates last
37%
of services exports to the EU
in 2015 were from the UK
Source: Office for National Statistics
month. Mark Carney, the governor,
had caused the pound to jump two
weeks ago when he said that a rise in
rates may be necessary if business
investment in Britain remained strong
and offset a consumer spending slowdown.
The omission caused the pound to
drop a two-week low against the US
dollar and an eight-month low against
the euro as financial markets assumed
that it meant Mr Broadbent saw no
pressing need for a change in rates.
Mr Broadbent instead spoke about
how a fall in trade between Britain and
the European Union would harm both
economies, reduce UK incomes and
cause the price of food to rise further.
He said that less trade with Europe
would force Britain to ?shift away from
producing the things it?s been relatively
good at?, such as financial and business
services, and towards producing more
of things it imports from the EU and is
less good at making, notably food and
machinery. This would damage both
the UK and the remaining 27 members
of the European bloc, he said, which
would hit growth and push up prices.
The deputy governor said that at the
moment Britain enjoyed a comparative
advantage in sectors such as financial
and business services, a large portion of
which it sells to the EU.
If Brexit were to lead to a ?heavy curtailment of trade?, he said, this shift
away from services exports would
likely lower British incomes and raise
costs on things such as foods . . . ?and,
albeit on a smaller scale, relative to their
(much larger) GDP, the same would be
true for the EU?.
Mr Broadbent warned that curtailing
trade would ?cost us all . . . That these
truths are a couple of centuries old, and
not always widely accepted, doesn?t
make them any less true.?
His speech came as the Office for
National Statistics revealed that the
biggest destination for services exports
from seven of the eleven regions of the
UK is the EU. The bloc was the largest
destination for service exports from
Britain, receiving just under �.9 billion, or 37 per cent, of the total in 2015.
Proportionally, exports to the EU
were most important to services sector
companies in the northeast, where
49.1 per cent of services exports go to
the EU. By value, it is most important to
London, which exported �.6 billion of
services to the union.
Meanwhile, Standard & Poors said
that it believed the British economy
would lose momentum over the next
two years as rising inflation squeezed
household budgets and uncertainty
about the outcome of the EU exit negotiations dampened investment.
The credit ratings agency expects
Britain?s growth rate for 2017 to slow to
1.4 per cent, down from 1.8 per cent in
2016, and then to fall to 0.9 per cent next
year, before settling at about 1.4 per cent
in 2019 and 2020.
Boris Glass, senior economist at S&P
Global Ratings, said that the weakness
of the economy would result in interest
rates being left on hold at 0.25 per cent
for another two years.
Nothing
going on
but the rent
T
he number of
wealthy people
choosing to rent
some of the
most expensive
properties in London is
rising because of
uncertainty about
buying a house in the
present economic and
political environment,
Knight Frank said
(Tom Knowles writes).
The estate agent said
that there was a ?mood
of uncertainty? in the
market. This had led to
42 ?super-prime?
rental tenancies being
agreed in the first four
months of the year, all
of which cost �000 or
more per week. The
figure was up from 33
during the same period
a year ago, according
to data provided by
Lonres, the analyst.
Tom Smith, head of
Knight Frank?s superprime lettings, said: ?At
this price point, there
are tenants who are
able to rent in the short
term and buy when
they sense that a
greater degree of
stability has returned.?
There were 30
tenancies agreed above
�,000 per week in
the year to March 2017,
compared with 20 in
the previous year.
The 2014 stamp duty
overhaul also made
buying costs higher.
Homes ?more affordable? for key workers
Tom Knowles Property Correspondent
The number of towns where house
prices are affordable for key public sector workers has increased since 2007.
Halifax has found that 65 towns have
a housing market that is considered
affordable for the average key worker to
buy. This was an improvement since
2007, when only 30 towns had a market
that was judged to be affordable.
The research by the mortgage lender
calculates how much higher average
house prices are against the standard
wages of nurses, paramedics, teachers,
police, firefighters and teachers.
Martin Ellis, a housing economist at
Halifax, said: ?More than one in ten
towns are now deemed affordable compared with just 6 per cent a decade ago.
The greatest concentration of affordable housing is in northern England,
Scotland and Wales. There are significant affordability issues for key workers
in London and the southeast.?
The most expensive places for key
workers to live are Camden, Westminster and Islington in London, and
Leatherhead, in Surrey. This is having
a detrimental effect on London?s key
services. Fewer than half of all police
officers in the Metropolitan Police live
within Greater London. A study by the
National Union of Teachers found that
one in ten teachers in London under the
age of 35 live with their parents after
five years in the job, while the King?s
Fund think tank put the vacancy rate
for nurses at London?s hospitals at
between 14 per cent and 18 per cent.
Halifax said that while affordability
had improved overall since 2007, it had
fallen compared with 2012, when the
property market was recovering and
the average house was considered to be
affordable for key workers in 155 towns.
The deterioration is also a result of
house prices outpacing wage growth,
with average prices rising by 41 per cent
compared with average annual earnings growth for key workers of 4 per cent.
Trump picks hawk for Wall Street post Amec faces bribery inquiry
James Dean US Business Editor
President Trump has selected a
financial regulation hawk to serve as
the top Wall Street supervisor at the
Federal Reserve.
The president nominated Randal
Quarles, a former Treasury official
under President Bush Jr, as the Fed?s
vice-chairman of supervision, a role in
which he would become the central
bank?s top official overseeing the
nation?s lenders.
Mr Trump and congressional
Republicans are trying to push through
legislation that would do away with
swathes of President Obama?s banking
rules, which were passed after the
financial crisis. Mr Quarles has
described the rules enacted by the
Dodd-Frank Act as ?a failure of ambition? and a ?concession to inappropriate pressures?. He also has called for
the Fed to exercise greater constraint
over monetary policy and has criticised
the central bank?s attempts to stimulate
the economy.
Compass Point Research, an investment firm, suggested that Mr Quarles
would use his post ?to orchestrate a
broad deregulatory agenda for the
nation?s banks, with a focus on increasing stress-test transparency, altering
the Volcker rule [which seeks to shield
bank customers from risky behaviour]
and securing relative regulatory relief
for regional [and] community banks?.
Mr Quarles, 59, runs the Cynosure
Group, a private investment company.
Previously he was a partner of The
Carlyle Group, the private equity firm.
He served in the Treasury as undersecretary for domestic finance between
August 2005 and October 2006, before
which he was assistant secretary for
international affairs from 2002.
His appointment to the Fed requires
approval from the Senate, in which
Democrats have blocked or delayed
many of Mr Trump?s nominees for
White House roles.
There are a further two vacancies on
the Fed?s board for the president to fill.
Mr Trump also must decide whether to
nominate Janet Yellen, 70, the central
bank?s incumbent chairwoman, for a
second term.
Harry Wilson City Editor
Amec Foster Wheeler has been put
under formal investigation by the
Serious Fraud Office as part of a bribery
and corruption investigation casting
fresh doubts over its proposed �2 billion merger with Wood Group.
In a statement to investors after the
market had closed, Amec said that it
had been told by the SFO that an
investigation had been opened into the
?past use of third parties and possible
bribery and corruption and related
offences?.
Amec is merging with Wood, a rival
oilfield services company, and had revealed in May in a prospectus related to
the deal that it was facing a bribery in-
vestigation over its links to Unaoil, a
Monaco-based company that helps
energy businesses to enter overseas
markets. Unaoil has denied allegations
that it paid bribes to officials in the
Middle East to secure contracts.
Although admitting that it was ?not
possible to estimate reliably? the effect
of the inquiry, Amec said that it did not
expect the SFO investigation to derail
the merger. It said that it ?takes its obligation to conduct business ethically
very seriously and has in place a robust
global anti-bribery programme, including a detailed code of conduct and antibribery and corruption policies. Amec
Foster Wheeler continues to fully
co-operate with and assist the SFO.?
Its shares closed down 4絧 at 455p.
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Comment Business
David Smith
Alexandra Frean
More women in venture
capital firms could solve
funding?s great imbalance
??
Today will bring new
information on what
is happening in the
jobs market. Barring
a dramatic shift, the
official labour market statistics will
show that the economy is operating at
close to full employment.
The unemployment rate is within a
whisker of 4.5 per cent on the labour
force survey measure, its lowest since
the mid-1970s, before it surged to
nearly 12 per cent in the 1980s. The
claimant count, based on eligibility for
out-of-work benefits, is not widely
used now as a measure of
unemployment, but it, too, has come
down to about 800,000, barely a
quarter of its 1980s peak of 3.1 million.
This is good news. So why does it
not feel like it? It is occurring against
the backdrop of a slowing economy
and a full-employment economy
should be generating faster wage
growth than it is. The last time that
unemployment was close to present
levels (actually slightly above them
before the financial crisis), average
earnings were rising at 4.5 per cent to
5 per cent a year, not stuck at close to
2 per cent.
Behind that change lie a series of
influences, most notably the fact that
productivity is no higher now than it
was ten years ago. And a relationship
that has stood the test of time is that
between productivity and real wages.
There are other factors. I have
always argued that jobs are jobs and
that the millions of net new jobs
created since the crisis, and a nearfive-point increase in the employment
rate of those aged 16 to 64 to almost
75 per cent, are causes of celebration.
Think of the alternative and the postcrisis vision set out by some
economists of unemployment back at
three million or more and an
unemployment rate in double figures.
The other side of that has been the
perception that the jobs created have
been poor and insecure ones. That
does not necessarily chime with the
statistics. Of the 800,000 net new jobs
created in the past two years, more
than half a million are traditional fulltime roles. At least part of the
apparent sharp rise in zero-hours
contracts may be, as the Office for
National Statistics points out, because
of greater awareness. People may have
been on such contracts for years.
Perceptions of insecure, poorquality employment are widespread,
arguably dominant. They have been
endorsed by the prime minister, first
by commissioning Matthew Taylor?s
review of modern employment
practices and then supporting it on its
publication yesterday.
Mr Taylor has steered a fine line
between suggesting ways of improving
the lot of insecure workers and killing
off this source of employment growth,
but he has endorsed a view of the job
market as good on quantity but poor
on quality, of too much of what his
report describes as ?one-sided
flexibility?. He says: ?In my view there
is too much work, particularly at the
bottom end of the labour market, that
is not of a high enough quality. There
are too many people not having their
rights fully respected. There are too
many people who are treated like cogs
in a machine rather than human
beings, and too many who don?t see a
route from their current job to
progress, earn more and do better.?
So we have a changed picture of the
jobs market. The best way to get a pay
rise is to move jobs and, in a tight
labour market, you would expect to
see more of this happening. But, as
Andy Haldane, the Bank of England?s
chief economist, noted in a recent
speech, ?since the crisis, rates of
labour market churn between
companies have been low?. They have
recovered a little from their post-crisis
Unemployment
surged in
the late 1970s
and peaked
at 3.1 million
in the 1980s
lows but are still lower than normal.
Many people are hanging on to their
jobs for fear of something worse.
Full employment is bringing one
predictable consequence. Business
surveys show that recruitment
difficulties and skills? shortages are
increasing. An Open University study
a few days ago suggested that
responding to these with temporary
staff and other measures costs British
businesses �billion a year. I would
suggest that this is a conservative
estimate.
Even with skills shortages, I detect a
change of approach. In the past,
organisations faced with recruitment
difficulties would have increased pay
to attract the right people. Now there
is a fear that this would trigger
widespread pay demands and
discontent. There is also a recognition
that some skills will be in short supply
for the foreseeable future. Better
training and retention of workers once
they have completed expensive
training programmes will provide a
long-term answer, rather than clumsy
government interventions such as the
apprenticeship levy. For the moment,
skill shortages are with us and are
likely to get worse. And where skilled
workers are not available, investment
is held back.
The saddest fantasy of all is that if it
were not for migrant workers this
would feel like ?normal? full
employment, with much bigger wage
increases. One of the biggest errors
people make is the so-called ?lump of
labour? fallacy, that there is only a
fixed amount of work to go around. In
reality, employment generates
incomes, which lead to more spending
and so more employment.
The employment rates among
UK-born people and UK nationals, of
75.3 per cent and 75.1 per cent,
respectively, are at record highs.
Reducing the number of migrant
workers or reducing their flow will not
bring a bonanza for British workers or
a productivity boost. It will exacerbate
skills shortages and will mean that
certain things do not get done.
Economic activity will be lower than it
otherwise would
have been. And it
still will not feel like
full employment as
we used to know it.
??
David Smith is Economics Editor of
The Sunday Times
W
e all know by now
that the gender gap
in venture capital
funding presents a
formidable obstacle
for female founders. Women receive
between 2 per cent and 5 per cent of
venture funding and tend to start
businesses with about 50 per cent
less capital than men. Yet there is
evidence, too, that women-led
start-ups perform as well, indeed
frequently better, than all-male
teams. So why the disconnect?
The rash of stomach-churning
public apologies in the past two
weeks by Silicon Valley investors
unmasked for propositioning women
who had approached them for
financing or jobs speaks volumes
about the boys? club atmosphere that
can prevail in the venture capital
community. But a growing body of
% of VC global deals involving at
least one female founder
14.2%
7.9%
2008
16% 16.8%
9.4%
2010
2012
2014
2016
Source: Pitchbook
An economy revelling in almost full
employment shouldn?t feel like this
research suggests that bias is often
less visible and more deeply rooted.
A recent study published in the
Harvard Business Review found that
venture capitalists tended to ask men
?promotion questions? about the
potential of their business to make
gains (focusing on hopes,
achievements, advancement and
ideals) while women were asked
?prevention questions? about the
potential for losses (safety,
responsibility, security and
vigilance). Even female venture
capitalists followed this pattern.
So while male entrepreneurs would
be asked about sales (?how do you
plan to monetise this??), for women
the focus would be on margins (?how
long will it take you to break even??).
Entrepreneurs who fielded mostly
prevention questions raised an
average of $2.3 million up to and
including 2017, against $16.8 million
for entrepreneurs asked mostly
promotion questions. The
researchers, led by Dana Kanze, of
Columbia Business School in New
York, suggested that to counter this
effect founders needed to learn to
answer ?prevention questions? with
?promotion answers?.
A study from Sweden also found
that the language used by venture
capitalist firms to evaluate male and
female entrepreneurs was radically
different. Where men were described
as ?young and promising?, women
would be ?young but inexperienced?.
A male founder might be ?cautious,
sensible and level-headed?, but a
woman ?too cautious and does not
dare?. The study, led by Malin
Malmstr鰉, of Lulea University of
Technology, found that women
entrepreneurs were awarded 25 per
cent of what they asked for, while
men got 52 per cent.
A 2015 analysis from First Round
Capital, a venture capital firm, again
reported in the Harvard Business
Review, identified four factors that
predicted start-up success ? gender,
age, education, prior experience ?
and one that didn?t ? location. It
concluded that women-led start-ups
outperformed all-male teams when
success was measured by change in
market valuation.
Yet another study, from Sahil
Raina at the Alberta School of
Business in Canada, found that if you
defined success as an exit from
venture capital financing via
acquisition or listing, female-led
start-ups performed much worse.
Only 17 per cent of start-ups led by
women successfully exited venture
capital financing against 27 per cent
led by men. When start-ups were
financed by venture capital firms
with female partners, that difference
disappeared. Writing in the Harvard
Business Review, Professor Raina
concluded that firms with female
partners ?are either better at
selecting women-led projects, or
better at advising them, or both?.
I would hazard an additional
explanation: that the best-run
companies with the best ideas and
execution and the highest returns on
investment simply may have more
flexibility to focus on diversity
initiatives. If we want more
successful start-ups, it is not enough
simply to encourage more female
founders. A more effective first step
might be to boost the numbers of
women in venture capital firms.
Alexandra Frean is Business Columnist
of The Times
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Business
Investors put $66m
in currency service
James Hurley Enterprise Editor
One of Britain?s most promising financial technology start-ups has secured
$66 million in backing from investors
behind companies such as Skype,
Deliveroo and Funding Circle.
Revolut, which provides foreign
currency services to consumers and
small businesses, raised the funds in an
investment round led by Index
Ventures and supported by Balderton
Capital and Ribbit Capital, its existing
backers.
The London-based business, which
plans to raise a further $5 million via a
crowdfunding round this month, said
that it would use the new capital to
expand in Asia and North America.
Revolut aims to take foreign
exchange business away from banks
and bureaux de change through its appbased service, which enables customers
to exchange and transfer money without charge. Via the mobile app and a
pre-paid card backed by Mastercard, it
offers fee-free international money
transfers and payments. It also offers
access to the interbank rate, at which
banks provide finance to one another.
Traditional providers typically charge
fees of about 3 per cent above this rate.
It makes money from several
sources, including transaction fees on
card payments, a one-off fee for getting
its pre-paid Mastercard and a subscription-based premium service. Users are
not charged ATM fees on withdrawals
up to �0, although a 2 per cent fee
applies for larger amounts.
It also benefits from referral fees
from promotions with other fintech
start-ups, such as Trussle, the online
mortgage broker, and partnerships including a revenue-sharing deal with
Lending Works, a peer-to-peer lender
that offers credit to Revolut customers.
The two-year-old company, which is
regarded as one of Britain?s most promising fintech start-ups, claims to have
about 700,000 customers in Europe.
The latest investment is thought to
value the business at �0 million.
The Russian-born Nikolay Storonsky, a former Credit Suisse and Lehman
Brothers banker, set up the company
two years ago. A frequent traveller, he
has said that he got the idea after
questioning why foreign exchange was
so expensive for consumers. He has
spoken of achieving a turnover of �billion within the next ?couple of years?,
although Revolut?s most recent set of
accounts suggest it has a long way to go.
In 2016, its first full year of trading, the
company made a pre-tax loss of �1 million on turnover of �4 million.
Mr Storonsky has indicated that he
hopes eventually to obtain a banking
licence and plans to add services such
as travel insurance.
The investment will be welcomed by
London?s start-up community, which
has expressed fears that Brexit will reduce the attractiveness of the capital?s
businesses to investors.
CITY PEOPLE
The feuds, the faces and the farcical
Dominic Walsh @walshdominic
marriage makes sharing
so much more rewarding
Cupid has smiled on David Tyler,
the Sainsbury?s chairman, and his
partner Margaret Fingerhut, the
concert pianist. They were married
last week. Mr Tyler used the stock
market?s official information service
to broadcast the news. Since the
marriage on July 7, his beneficial
ownership in J Sainsbury shares has
risen from 75,000 to 78,599 shares
thanks to the boost from Ms
Fingerhut?s portfolio, the RNS
service noted, romantically. The
union also expanded his beneficial
holding in Hammerson, the
shopping centres group that he also
chairs, by 2,370 shares to 62,370
shares.
Ms Fingerhut is famed for her
poetical interpretations of some of
the most romantic compositions.
Mr Tyler is an accountant.
Congratulations to them both.
agm that takes the biscuit
Robert Swannell, the outgoing
chairman of
Marks &
Spencer, was in
expansive mood
yesterday as he
chaired his
seventh and last
annual
meeting. He
Business big shot
name brett
simpson
age 53
position
chief
executive,
low & bonar
I
t?s not a huge leap to make the
connection between sun, sea
and surf culture and the delights
of Dundee (Harry Wilson writes).
One celebrates the use of advanced
polymers in its surfboards, the
other is the base for Low & Bonar,
the materials company that makes,
you?ve guessed it, polymers.
A 30 per cent rise in pre-tax
profits to �.8 million was the
headline figure in the company?s
six-month results yesterday,
unveiled by chief executive Brett
Simpson. Heading to his third
anniversary as chief executive
next month, the New-Zealandborn, Australiaraised
executive is,
coincid
dentally, a
k
keen surfer who
says his perfect
holiday is ?anywhere
where the waves are
breaking?.
revealed that, after being at the
helm of a great institution such as
M&S, he had no desire to chair
another company, although the
more interesting revelation was
that his favourite M&S biscuits are
the dark chocolate ginger. The
company treated all shareholders to
a packet in their lunch bags.
suffering stage fright?
Still at the M&S meeting. One
shareholder, Ian Morris, asked Mr
Swannell a question that regular
attendees often will have asked
themselves. Pointing at the massed
ranks of the board, he asked: ?What
do all those people sitting on the
stage do? I call them the silent
people as they sit there watching
us, but I don?t know what they do.?
suited and booted
Actors know not to work with
animals or children. So Jes Staley,
chief executive of Barclays, showed
great pluck in heading for the Great
Yorkshire Show in Harrogate to
unveil new funding for farmers. The
American braved the farm beasts to
pledge that Barclays would double
its agricultural fund to �0 million
to help farmers struggling with
cashflow problems. And what does
an urbane banker wear to one of
Britain?s top agricultural events? A
suit, apparently.
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Business
Shareholders to
pick up a packet
after Pearson?s
Penguin sell-off
Marion Dakers
Pearson has offloaded almost half
of its holding in Penguin Random
House in a transaction that means the
publisher can return �0 million cash
to shareholders.
The group that used to own the
Financial Times said that it was selling a
22 per cent stake in Penguin Random
House to Bertelsmann, the German
publishing group, for about $1 billion.
The deal has been seven months in the
making.
Pearson, which is being overhauled
to focus on digital textbooks and
academic tests, indicated in January
that it planned to use its right to sell or
recapitalise Penguin Random House
this year, but decided on a third way
after talks began with Bertelsmann.
The deal will knock up to 6.25 per
cent from the FTSE 100 company?s
forecast profits this year, as it loses a
slice of Penguin?s lucrative Christmas
rush for stocking filler presents. However, it also gives Pearson a minimal tax
liability since it remains a substantial
shareholder, according to Coram
Williams, its chief financial officer.
The proceeds will fund the shareholder buyback and will shore up
Pearson?s finances, enabling it to maintain an investment-grade debt rating
despite its lower earnings.
John Fallon, chief executive, said that
the impact on the group?s results would
be ?relatively limited? while granting it
more options to expand in its heartland
of online education. ?It enables us to
strengthen the balance sheet, sustaining us through a period of heightened
organic investment in the digital transformation of Pearson,? he said.
Penguin Random House was unlikely to change direction with Bertelsmann?s increased ownership, Mr Fallon
said, although both partners have
agreed to load the venture with debt
worth double its earnings to pay themselves future dividends.
Penguin Random House was created
by the merger of the publishing houses
Penguin and Random House in 2013,
when book sales appeared threatened
by the growth of e-readers. It has since
reported sales growth and profits
boosted by cost-cutting and, after yesterday?s deal, is valued at �8 billion.
It had more than 200 bestsellers in
Britain last year, including Girl on the
Train, Me Before You and Grey, the
latest in the Fifty Shades series. Penguin Random House was expected to
generate about a fifth of Pearson?s
group operating profits this year.
Pearson has agreed to keep its
remaining minority stake for at least 18
months. Beyond the buyback, shareholders should expect a dividend worth
about half of group earnings, excluding
any profits from the remaining Penguin
stake, the company said.
Shares in Pearson dropped by as
much as 8 per cent yesterday as
analysts raised concerns that the conservative plans for dividend growth
could hint at further weakness on the
balance sheet.
?Our view is that Pearson has done a
fair job of trying to square the circle of
limiting dilution and protecting the
balance sheet, but that the details of the
deal are not great and that the business?s fundamental issues are still not
resolved,? Ian Whittaker, media analyst
at Liberum, said.
The mixed reception for the deal
comes during a turbulent year for the
Pearson board, which reported a record
�5 billion loss in February and endured a shareholder rebellion against
Mr Fallon?s �5 million pay packet in
May. The chief executive reinvested his
bonus in Pearson shares in a show of
confidence in the restructuring, which
has included offloading the Financial
Times and The Economist to fund
spending on the education businesses.
Pearson marks about a quarter of
GCSE papers, administers the British
driving theory test and provides course
materials for four in ten American
college students.
It has issued five profit warnings in
four years and announced a fresh
round of cost-cutting in May. Its shares
closed down 35絧, 5.1 per cent, at 655p.
Pearson in 2007
Pearson in 2017
�22bn
Revenue
Operating
profit
�4m
�55bn
Revenue
�5m
Operating
profit
Harry Wilson City Editor
Pre-tax profit
�8m
Pre-tax
loss
�5bn
Revenues by division
Revenues by division
�4m
�54bn
Professional
education
Schools
�6m
�2bn
US schools and
higher education
Penguin
�3m
�8m
Higher
education
FT Group
Behind the story
O
Law firm sets
sights on float
with �m
takeover deal
ver my
dead body
was the
policy of
Dame
Marjorie Scardino,
the former Pearson
boss, when it came to
selling the Financial
Times (Marion
Dakers writes).
The pink ?un, long
viewed as one of the
company?s crown
jewels, survived
several culls as
Pearson gradually
�34bn
�n
Services
inclucing
virtual schools
Assessments
pared back a jumble
of investments that
once included
Madame Tussauds,
Lazard and a Ch鈚eau
Latour vineyard. It
was not until 2015
that John Fallon, two
years into his tenure
as chief executive,
went into talks to sell
the FT as well as a
50 per cent stake in
the publisher of The
Economist.
The deal raised
more than �billion
and left Pearson even
more dependent on
the turbulent shift
from pen and paper to
online academia.
Mr Fallon, 54, has
been a part of
Pearson throughout
its transformation
into an education
specialist, recruited
by Dame Marjorie as
communications
director in 1997
before rising through
the ranks to replace
his boss in 2013. His
first profit warning
came a year later. The
tally now stands at
five in four years.
One of London?s fastest-growing law
firms is set to list on the Alternative
Investment Market after announcing a
� million reverse takeover.
Gordon Dadds yesterday said that it
was in ?very advanced? talks with Work
Group, a London-listed shell company,
over a deal that would make the law
firm the focus for what would be only
the second British flotation of a legal
business.
The acquisition is expected to value
Gordon Dadds at �.8 million and
� million in new money will be raised
by way of an accelerated share placing.
The law firm, which traces its roots
back to post-First World War London,
has been on a buying spree in recent
years, integrating ten firms into its
business, which has grown by a compound annual rate of 70.7 per cent in the
past four years. By revenue, Gordon
Dadds is expected to figure among the
top 100 UK law firms this year, with a
turnover of about � million and
profits before one-off items of �million.
However, it wants to grow further
and is exploring more acquisitions as it
continues to build its business with the
aim of taking on London?s established
Magic Circle firms.
?The acquisition will provide Gordon
Dadds shareholders with a public
quotation for their equity interest in
Gordon Dadds by being part of a company that is already admitted to Aim
and with an established shareholder
base,? the company said in a statement
to the market.
Unlike many of its rivals, where only
partners share directly in the profits of
their firms, all of Gordon Dadds lawyers are eligible to take a slice of the
profits, a structure that it uses to attract
staff.
The listing of Gordon Dadds will
make it the second law firm to list on the
London market two years, after Gateley became the first. Gordon Dadds?
IPO is somewhat smaller, however.
Gateley?s in June 2015 valued the firm
at �0 million and raised � million,
attracting the interest of some of
London?s top investment managers,
including Schroders Investment Management.
Yesterday Gateley reported a 19 per
cent rise in full-year profits to �.9 million last year on revenue up 15.7 per cent
to �.6 million.
?If a lot of companies do a little better, it will boost economy?
Philip Aldrick Economics Editor
Solving Britain?s productivity problems
will need lots of small efforts by
thousands of businesses, the chairman
of John Lewis said as he called on
companies to end years of national
underperformance.
Sir Charlie Mayfield launched a
nationwide business campaign yesterday to improve management standards
and raise the economy?s potential.
?If a lot of companies do a little better,
it would add �0 billion in value to the
UK economy,? the Productivity Leadership Group, a body of corporate
leaders formed in 2015, said at the
launch of ?Be the Business?.
They hope to encourage collaboration between companies so that ?over
50,000 businesses take action to improve their level of productivity? in the
next three years. Sir Charlie launched
the campaign with a website providing
insight into best practices and a productivity measurement app that allows
companies to conduct virtual tests of
changes in their management strategies.
Britain has a woeful productivity
record. German workers can produce
as much in four days as Britons can in
five, which costs the economy in lower
wages and less profit.
Several explanations have been
made, from weak investment to low
interest rates, but ?one common factor
explaining the UK?s decline is the
quality of leadership and management
compared to other advanced economies?, the Be the Business campaign
said.
Studies have shown that Britain
suffers from a long tail of businesses
with lacklustre productivity. To fix the
problem, Be the Business plans to push
lots of incremental changes in management practices through to many
companies.
Sir Charlie said: ?This has to move
from being the preserve of economists
to entrepreneurs. That?s why this is a
movement, not a programme. It?s a
long-term mission for everyone.?
The campaign?s benchmarking app
?will allow business leaders to create
their own personalised dashboard and
analyse their own organisation for
digital maturity, talent management,
leadership and future planning?. At
the same time, the website will be a
?collaboration hub? to share ideas and
training.
Pilot schemes are under way in
Lancaster and Bath to link small
businesses with academia to raise stan-
dards. Thirty-four businesses with
�7 billion of revenue and 7,000 staff
are involved in the collaboration and Be
the Business plans to boost it to seven
locations each running two programmes a year. Sir Charlie said that
�0bn
Amount that could be generated for
the economy by better practice
Source: Be The Business
the aim was to get more companies
involved in the nationwide campaign.
He rejected suggestions that better
productivity through the adoption of
new technology could lead to job losses,
pointing to evidence that jobs growth
and productivity growth ?go hand-in-
hand?, but he accepted that there could
be some jobs displacement. He emphasised that productivity was vital to
guarding the economy and creating the
jobs of the future.
Asked why German companies were
so much more productive than British
ones, J黵gen Maier, chief executive of
Siemens UK, said: ?The overriding
factor is there is just a much more
grown-up conversation around technology [and] there is a much more organised way of going about things.?
Be the Business has 20 staff and is
being seed-funded with � million
over three years by the Department of
Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. Beyond that, it will be self-funding.
The campaign is being supported by
multinational corporations, high street
names and successful entrepreneurs,
from whose expertise it will draw.
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Business
Citizens Advice wins victory on energy profits
Electricity grabs top spot in power league
$bn (2016)
Power
networks
Renewable
power
Conventional
power plants
Refining,
marketing
and pipelines
Exploration
and production
750
500
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Transport
Buildings
250
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Investment in the
electricity sector
outstripped spending
on oil, gas and coal
supplies for the first
time last year (Emily
Gosden writes).
Oil and gas sector
investment dropped by
26 per cent last year to
$650 billion as
companies continued to
ease off on spending
because of low crude
prices, the International
Energy Agency said.
With investment in
coal also declining by
11 per cent to $59 billion,
this resulted in overall
spending on fossil fuel
supplies falling to
$709 billion, below the
level of investment in
the electricity sector,
which stood at
$718 billion.
Electricity sector
ec
Ofgem has vowed to rein in profits at
energy network companies after a
report by Citizens Advice claimed that
consumers were paying them �5 billion too much because of lax regulation.
The companies that own and operate
Britain?s electricity cable and gas
pipeline networks are funded through
levies on energy bills, which are set by
the regulator over eight-year ?price
control? periods.
Citizens Advice claimed that the
companies were ?enjoying a multibillion-pound windfall, paid for by
consumers? amid a series of failings in
the way in which Ofgem set their
present spending allowances.
The energy regulator admitted last
night that the report raised ?valid
issues? and that network companies
were making much bigger returns on
investment than it had expected.
However, it disputed Citizens
Advice?s claim that the companies
would make �5 billion in ?unjustified
profits? over the current eight-year
settlements, which run until 2021.
Dermot Nolan, Ofgem?s chief executive, said that today it would set out
plans for the next regulated settlement
and was ?signalling that the next price
control will be tougher for investors?.
He said: ?While we don?t agree with
its modelling and the figures it has
produced, the Citizens Advice report
raises some important issues about
network regulation, which will be addressed in the next control.?
Citizens Advice said that the �5 billion should be returned to consumers in
a one-off rebate. Shared evenly
between households, this could equate
to up to �5 per home.
The consumer charity said that
�billion of the total related to Ofgem
overestimating the cost of equity and
�4 billion was due to overestimating
the cost of debt over the eight-year
period.
A further �1 billion related to
Ofgem allowing companies to keep a
significant share of any cost savings
they made compared with their original budget for a project.
Citizens Advice said that companies
were able to pocket hundreds of millions of pounds that did not reflect
genuine efficiency savings but rather
that the cost estimates had been inaccurately high to begin with.
As a result, network companies were
on track to make on average a 10 per
El
Emily Gosden Energy Editor
Source: iea.org
investment declined by
only 1 per cent as a
steep fall in spending on
conventional fossil fuelfired power plants and a
slight dip in renewables
was largely offset by
rising investment in
power networks.
The IEA said that
global investment in the
energy sector had fallen
by 12 per cent to
$1.7 trillion, the second
year of decline, driven
largely by falling oil and
gas spending. China led
global energy
investment, accounting
for 21 per cent.
cent return for investors, whereas
Ofgem had said that only the best-performing companies should make double-digit returns, the charity claimed.
Jonathan Brearley, networks partner
at Ofgem, said: ?The returns that companies are making are bunched at the
higher end of the estimates we set out.
Clearly, there are things we have to look
at and change as we get to the next price
control.?
He said that Ofgem?s price controls
were ?very clearly delivering value for
money for consumers? and network
costs were falling, but added: ?We do
think as we get to next price control we
will have a better deal for consumers.?
The Energy Networks Association
said that it did not agree with Citizens
Advice?s modelling and that the Competition and Markets Authority had
already reviewed and rejected many of
its claims after a complaint from British
Gas last year. ?Our energy networks are
amongst the most reliable and lowestcost in the world and their performance
has never been better,? it said.
A National Grid spokesman said that
?current regulations are benefiting
consumers by encouraging businesses
to drive more efficient and innovative
ways of working that keep costs down?.
ALAMY
First Group facing
competition inquiry
A
bout half a
million rail
passengers
could face
higher fares
after a decision to award
one of Britain?s biggest
franchises to First
Group, the competition
watchdog has claimed
(Graeme Paton writes).
The Competition and
Markets Authority said
that ticket prices may
rise on trains between
London Waterloo and
Exeter after the
transport operator
gained control of South
West Trains.
The authority said that
First Group already
operated Great Western
Railway, the only other
rail company operating
between the capital and
Exeter, with services out
of London Paddington,
which had the potential
to create an unfair
monopoly on services.
In a statement
published yesterday, the
CMA warned that a
reduction in competition
could lead to ?higher
fares or worse service for
passengers?.
South West Trains is
operated at present by
Stagecoach, but the
franchise was awarded to
a partnership between
First Group and MTR,
the Hong Kong metro
operator, this year. The
new operator will take
over from August 20.
The CMA has given
the consortium five days
to address concerns over
a monopoly on services
between London and
Exeter. It could take
enforcement action
against the company if
suitable assurances are
not delivered. Last year,
the regulator raised
similar concerns over a
decision to award the
Northern Rail franchise
to Arriva. The company
agreed to price caps on
some lines.
The authority said that
it had ?no competition
concerns on the vast
majority of routes?
operated by South West
The route between London Waterloo and Exeter, which passes Milborne Wick in Somerset, above, is being taken over by First Group and MTR
Trains, other than the
Waterloo-to-Exeter line,
which is used by half a
million passengers
annually.
Andrea Coscelli, the
regulator?s acting chief
executive, said: ?The
CMA believes that
without its intervention
First Group may be able
to increase fares for
Paddington Station to Exter
via Reading, Newbury, Taunton
London
Reading
Newbury
Basingstoke
Salisbury
Taunton
Exeter
20 miles
Yeovil
London Waterloo to Exter
via Basingstoke, Salisbury, Yeovil
passengers between
London and Exeter.?
First Group said: ?We
have been discussing our
plans for the new South
Western franchise with
the CMA for several
months and we are
pleased that on most
routes, it has found no
competition issues. Now
that this update gives
more clarity, we look
forward to submitting
our proposals, which we
envisage will satisfy their
concerns.?
Network Rail has
advised passengers using
South West Trains to
work from home or
travel off-peak in August
because of an upgrade to
the Waterloo terminus.
Ofcom curbs on mobile giants do not go far enough, say rivals
Marion Dakers
Smaller mobile providers have angrily
attacked curbs on larger rivals, despite
strict rules being put in place to ensure
that no single network can rule the
airwaves at a forthcoming auction of
4G and 5G broadband space.
Ofcom plans to limit the amount of
spectrum that Vodafone and EE, BT?s
network, can win in this autumn?s
auction to ?safeguard competition?.
The sale will prevent the biggest
operators from buying more than 37 per
cent of the newest space, which has
been earmarked for rolling out faster
5G internet. EE also will be barred from
bidding for the 40MHz on offer within
the bands already in use.
These caps still enable EE to increase
its capacity by up to a third to 340MHz.
Vodafone potentially could jump from
176MHz to 271MHz, leaving the pair far
ahead of competitors.
The boss of Three, the fourth biggest
network with 9.2 million customers
and 130MHz of mobile broadband
spectrum, claimed that the decisions
?increase the dominance of the largest
operators? and described the propo-
sals as ?a kick in the teeth for all
consumers?.
?The mobile market is imbalanced
and failing customers. Ofcom has
shown little interest in tackling the
problem,? said Dave Dyson, chief executive of Three, who had called for a cap
at 30 per cent.
Mark Evans, chief executive of
Telef髇ica UK, the owner of O2, said
that the watchdog?s plan ?falls short of
our expectations, but it is important we
now press ahead with the auction
quickly?.
The head of EE suggested that limits
would do little to protect users. ?While
we don?t agree spectrum caps were
necessary for this auction, releasing
this spectrum is vital for the UK to lead
the way in 5G,? Marc Allera said.
Vodafone welcomed the news and
called on the government to ?support a
pro-investment approach to infrastructure investment more broadly to
ensure networks can be built out
quickly and efficiently?.
Demand for broadband on smartphones has exploded as speeds and
coverage have improved.
The watchdog acknowledged that
smaller providers often struggled to
broaden their coverage. ?We take all
our decisions in the interests of
consumers. This auction will keep the
airwaves fair by reducing the share held
by the largest operator,? Philip Marnick, Ofcom director of spectrum, said.
Spectrum auctions can generate
billions of pounds for the public purse.
In 2013, there were more than 50
rounds of bidding for 250MHz of space
that brought in �34 billion. A total of
190MHz is on offer in this year?s sale.
Vodafone shares fell 2絧 to 217絧
while BT slipped 緋 to 287絧.
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Working Life Business
STARTING OUT One entrepreneur appears to be on a roll after switching from the advertising industry to the much less conventional arena of body art
TIMES PHOTOGRAPHER BEN GURR
Putting artists in the picture
Paris Pamela South set
up an Inkbay account
after she moved to
Stockholm from
Woking in Surrey in
February (James
Hurley writes). The
tattoo artist, 22, was
looking for new ways
to establish her client
base outside the social
media profiles on
Instagram and
Facebook that have
become an essential
part of tattoo
marketing.
She has had ten
bookings through
Inkbay and finds that
they come in bursts
when she uploads new
designs: ?All the things
I put on Inkbay are
things I have drawn
and I really want to do.
It?s exciting to get
those done, rather
than drawing them
and it going to waste.?
Ms South works at a
Fredrik Glimsk鋜 has established Inkbay in Scandinavia, but now the Swede has designs on the market in Britain, beginning with a launch in London
The online art broker who
has got skin in the game
A Swedish internet
platform for tattoos
is preparing to launch
in Britain, reports
Hazel Sheffield
F
redrik Glimsk鋜 has a
straightforward, if
ultimately unsustainable,
way of pitching to potential
clients: get more tattoos.
His first choice is simply to contact
tattoo studios to tell them about
Inkbay, the online platform he
created to connect tattoo artists
and studios with clients. If he
doesn?t hear back, he?ll book an
appointment.
?I dedicated half of my left leg to
meetings in Copenhagen,
Stockholm and London. I have no
back-up plan and it would be really
hard to scale. But it works.?
The 31-year-old has a pair of bird
claws from a tattooist in London
and an interpretation of a building
from Star Wars on his calf, along
with a lady?s head with butterflies
surrounding it and a big raven
emblazoned with ?send the raven?, a
line from Game of Thrones.
?The artists are amazing, but
they?re not the most comfortable
with sales and pitch meetings,? he
says. ?This works for getting to
know them and them getting to
know me.?
He has described the tattoo
industry as ?the hotel industry
before Booking.com?, a comparison
that earned Inkbay the nickname
?the Expedia for tattoos?. Inkbay
takes 15 per cent for each tattoo
booked. The average design costs
�0.
Nearly a fifth of Britons have at
least one tattoo, according to a
YouGov survey in 2015, with
celebrities such as David Beckham
helping to take the trend
mainstream. This rises to one in
three young adults. The market
continues to grow, according to
Ibisworld, which estimated that the
American industry would be worth
$1.1 billion by 2020, a $400 million
increase since 2015.
Mr Glimsk鋜 came up with a way
to digitise the transaction between
tattooists and their subjects two
years ago. Over the past decade, the
Swede has collected more than 40
tattoos and frequently was asked
where he had them done. He
started talking to tattoo artists and
sketching out the idea that could
help the uninitiated to find
reputable artists in what can seem
like a cliquey world.
At the time he was running
Oystr, his advertising agency,
working with clients including
lennial
Cheap Monday, a millennial
clothing brand, Adidass and
Grolsch. ?I travelled
around Europe
working with these
amazing
entrepreneurs and
companies to get
the hang of the
start-up industry. I
got really keen on
having a product.?
The industry has
changed a lot since Mr
ng
Glimsk鋜 began getting
?inked?. Studios used to be
owns,
in the backstreets of towns,
d afford the
where tattooists could
rent. The changing high street has
brought tattoo parlours to main
shopping districts. Photo
developers, travel agents and video
rental stores have disappeared and
been replaced by retailers where the
customer has to be there in person,
such as hairdressers, coffee shops,
health clubs . . . and tattoo parlours.
The number in the UK rose 173 per
cent between 2004 and 2014,
according to Experian, which tracks
changes in 2,000 retail locations.
Yet potential customers often
don?t know where to go to discuss
designs or compare prices. Kristin
Ekdahl, 33, has two tattoos. She had
been looking on the internet for an
artist in Stockholm who could do
mandalas, a circular motif that
represents the universe in Hindu
and Buddhist symbolism. Ms
Ekdahl found Inkbay after cookies
from her Google searches threw up
a targeted advert on Facebook.
?I had basically given up hope
and then Paris?s designs came up,?
she says. ?I thought about it for a
day or so and then made an
appointment.? She had no contact
with Paris Pamela South, the artist,
before she paid for the design on
Mastercard through Inkbay. ?It was
a bit scary, but OK. I did check
Paris?s Instagram before making the
appointment, just to be sure
it d be as I w
it?d
wanted it to
be.?
Mr Glimsk鋜
rece
recently
added
Sw
SwKr4
million
(�
(�5,500)
in financing
to extend
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Inkbay
to London
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from
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Sweden,
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after
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SwKr1.5 million
in
cash injection
by
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venture cap
capitalist, to
la year.
fund the launch last
Now, with more than 100 artists
on Inkbay in Stockholm and others
in Malmo and Copenhagen in
neighbouring Denmark, Mr
Glimsk鋜 is recruiting 30 artists in
London to launch the platform in
Britain and has plans to expand
rapidly elsewhere.
Of course, if the expansion
really takes off, he may have to
hire staff to be tattooed while they
sign up artists in new locations,
because ?eventually I will run out
of skin?.
studio called Infamous
Tattoos in central
Stockholm and says
that her studio has
supported her use of
Inkbay, even though
the other tattooists
haven?t signed up. ?I?m
getting in work that
would otherwise not
have been coming in.
I?m paying to use the
studio but also
generating more work
for it.?
Ms South, who never
tattoos the exact same
design twice, believes
that Inkbay is a good
way for experienced
tattooists to advertise
pieces they want to do,
but adds that it is just
as useful for artists
who are starting out:
?There are a lot of
artists now, so you
have to be on it with
social media. Inkbay is
a great way to get
your name out there.?
46
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Wednesday July 12 2017 | the times
Business Markets
news in brief
Martin Waller Tempus
Buy, sell or hold: today?s best share tips
A solid
yield on
which
to build
Trying hard
15
Source: Thomson Reuters
13
11
9
Q1
Q2
Q3 Q4
Q1
Q2
7
W
ell, at least there
wasn?t any more bad
MY ADVICE Buy
news. Shares in
WHY Reassurances over the
Galliford Try were
dividend mean that high yield
up by 94p at �.61
after something of a relief rally,
looks fairly safe, while all the
though they are well below their
bad news in construction
level in March.
seems to be in the past
The shares have tended to lag the
other housebuilders because of the
company?s hybrid nature, comprising
Linden Homes, a large construction
most of the annual profits will
division that has suffered with the
disappear.
rest of the industry because of low
Linden and the partnerships
margins, and a partnerships and
business are doing well enough,
regeneration side building for
as indeed they should be given
local authorities and the
the housing boom. Linden
like.
built almost 3,300 homes in
3,296
Then in May came the
the financial year, up 7 per
Completions in
shock of a � million
cent. Average selling prices
year
to
end
of
June
clutch of one-off charges
were 6 per cent ahead at
on two projects in Scotland,
�4,000 and average sales
one the Forth Road Bridge
per week were strongly up in
replacement, taken on in earlier
the second half.
years when the company was
Galliford Try has ambitious plans
prepared to enter fixed-price
by 2021 for all three divisions, whose
contracts. This is no longer the case,
performances in the past year were
but the writedowns will mean that
at the top end of analysts?
page group
Fcst revenue
�3bn Pre-tax
profit �3m
Divi yield 4.9%
P
age is the first of three
recruitment specialists to
announce trading updates this
week, with Robert Walters set to
follow today and Hays on Friday.
SThree, which has a May half-yearend, has reported and highlighted a
sharp downturn in the UK, partly
because of uncertainty over Brexit.
It is a fair bet that Page?s
experience will be mirrored in those
other updates. The rest of the world,
where it obtains four fifths of its
business, is doing well, albeit with
Fcst revenue
�4m Pre-tax
Operating profit
�
profit �m
Divi yield 7.7%
Passengers flying between Britain
and European Union countries
would face months of
cancellations during the UK?s
departure from the bloc, Michael
O?Leary, the Ryanair boss, said,
claiming it was ?an impossibility?
for Britain to persuade the EU
to recreate the Open Skies
agreement that allows airlines to
fly throughout the region. There
was a ?real prospect? that there
would be ?no flights between the
UK and Europe for a period of
weeks, months?, he said.
gocompare.com
Galliford Try share price
galliford try
Fcst revenue
�7bn Pre-tax
Brexit?s no-fly zone
odd weak pockets such as Brazil,
Dubai and Singapore. Fee income
from Asia was up 10 per cent in the
first half, including a similar rise in
China, while in the Americas it rose
by 13.8 per cent.
In Britain it fell by 4.5 per cent in
the second quarter, but this was
affected by the later timing of Easter,
as were other areas where the
holiday is celebrated, and a fall of
2.3 per cent in the first half is a
clearer indicator. Plainly,
multinationals in particular are
taking more time to decide to hire
staff in the uncertainty over future
trade and immigration policy.
The company, like its peers, is
fortunate to have so much work
Year to the end of June,
consensus forecasts (2015-16)
profit �m
Divi yield 1.6%
W
hen Gocompare.com
demerged from Esure last
�3m (�7.2m)
November, one aim was to
expand out of its main insurance
Partnerships & Regeneration
market, which provides more than
�m (�.7m)
90 per cent of the business. Progress
in this has been slow: a deal with
Construction, excluding one-off items
Haymarket Media Group will mean
�m (�.8m)
that Gocompare features on its auto
magazine websites, while the trading
PPP Investments loss
update yesterday was accompanied
� (�4m)
by news that the company had
Total excluding one-offs
bought a minority stake in Mortgage
�5m (�3.3m)
Gym, a digital ?robo-adviser?
whose platform launches in
September.
expectations. Completions
follow me
There has been talk of a
from Linden should hit
on twitter
possible move into energy
5,000, while the number of
for updates
price comparison, too. The
homes built by
@MartinWaller10 encouraging news is that
partnerships should rise
more efficient use of digital
from 1,500 to 4,000. There is
techniques has meant that,
no plan to increase the size of
although interim revenues are up
the construction business, but the
only 4 per cent to �.8 million,
company is aiming for a net
operating profits should be ahead by
operating margin of 2 per cent-plus,
22 per cent to �.5 million, a
against little more than 1 per cent at
significant improvement in margins.
present, from a more disciplined
Though that 4 per cent revenue
approach to winning contracts.
rise looks disappointing at a time
The concerns when the write-offs
when there is pressure on customers
were announced were their impact
to switch because of rising premiums,
on borrowings, which were regarded
analysts were increasing forecasts for
as high, and on the dividend. On the
the year. The shares, demerged at
assumption that this will continue to
about 72p, rose 7緋 to 111絧. They
grow in line with earnings, Galliford
sell on 18 times this year?s earnings,
Try has one of the highest yields in a
which seems full enough.
sector with plenty of good income
payers. The expected payment this
year obviously will not be covered by
net earnings, but a one-off cut makes
MY ADVICE Avoid
no sense. It means the shares, which
WHY Much of the upside
sell on only eight times earnings,
already seems in the price
yield almost 8 per cent, a good
enough reason to buy them.
Linden Homes
overseas, and though headcount is at
a record level, there is not a huge
amount of investment going in. Last
year it paid an interim 6.46p special
dividend and the improving cash
position means another, possibly of
11p, is due, suggesting a yield of about
5 per cent.
The shares have been rebounding
strongly since the autumn and, off
11絧 to 477緋, on 18 times earnings
look fully valued.
MY ADVICE Avoid
WHY Too much uncertainty
ahead despite wide spread
Hiring spree at Aldi
Aldi has embarked on a hiring
spree to fill 4,000 roles in its
stores and distribution centres.
The discount retailer said that it
was expanding to meet growing
demand after more than 900,000
new customers shopped in its
stores last year. It said that it
wanted store assistants, assistant
store managers and deputy store
managers. Aldi pays its staff a
minimum of �53 an hour
nationally and �75 in London.
Cards overtake cash
Debit and credit cards accounted
for more than half of all retail
transactions by volume, a survey
by the British Retail Consortium
has found. Cards overtook cash to
become the dominant payment
method as retailers? investment
in technology facilitated greater
choice over how to pay, it said.
UK Finance said separately that
its data showed that 53 per cent
of the total value of retail sales
were made by debit card last year.
Deal in the pipeline
Liberty House has signed a
provisional agreement with Tata
Steel to buy Britain?s biggest steel
pipe mill in Hartlepool. The deal
could secure the 140 jobs and
comes after Liberty?s �0 million
purchase of Tata?s speciality steels
division in Britain. The pipe mills
make heavy-duty 42in and
84in steel pipes for the energy,
power and construction
industries in Britain and around
the world.
And finally...
A
EW UK Long Lease REIT is
the latest specialist property
company on the stock
market aimed at providing
investors with an assured income,
having arrived last month with the
intention of investing in alternative
assets. The company has said it has
made offers for four properties,
including a hotel, a gym and an ice
rink, almost all the income from
which is linked to inflation, with a
total value of � million against
the �.5 million raised. The aim is
to provide investors with a dividend
yield of 5.5 per cent.
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in-depth news
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Markets Business
DAVID ASKHAM/ALAMY
TUI cashes in its ships
and puts tourism first
Callum Jones Market report
T
UI bucked the trend on the
FTSE 100 after selling its
final stake in one of the
world?s largest container
shipping businesses.
Shares in Europe?s biggest tour
operator defied a sluggish London
market to close 8p up at �.42 after it
said that it had raised ?244.4 million
by selling 8.5 million ordinary shares
in Hapag-Lloyd. The company behind
brands including First Choice and
Thomson Holidays sold out of the
German-Chilean transportation
group to prioritise its tourism
operation.
The London market endured a
difficult day of trading overall, with
the index of leading shares sliding
40.27 points, or 0.55 per cent, to finish
at 7,329.76. It was dragged down by
Sales are
heating up
for Young?s
Y
oung?s shrugged
off the doom and
gloom enveloping
some of its peers as it
reported brisk firstquarter trading
(Dominic Walsh
writes). The London
pub and hotel operator
said that customers
had flocked to its
riverside pubs and beer
gardens to lap up the
sunshine in April and
during ?the longest
continuous hot spell in
June for over 40 years?.
Like-for-like sales
growth in its managed
house operations rose
from 4.7 per cent in the
first seven weeks of the
year to 8.6 per cent for
the first 13 weeks. Total
sales in the division
jumped by 10.8 per
cent over the quarter.
Stephen Goodyear,
chairman, said the
performance had been
achieved despite an
ever more challenging
economic environment
Shares in Young?s
rose 15p to �.17絧.
Results in brief
Name
Pre-tax figure
Profit (+) loss (-)
Dividend
Abbey (property FY)
Amino Technologies (technology HY)
Begbies Traynor (services FY)
Gateley (services FY)
Low & Bonar (industrials HY)
?63.5m (?61.5m)
�8m (�6m)
�6m (�9m)
�.1m (�m)
�.8m (�3m)
15c f 9c Oct 31
1.530p p Sep 1
2.2p f 1.6p p Nov 8
6.6p f 4.4p p TBC
1.05p p Sep 22
6 Results in brief are given for all companies valued at more than � million. f = final p = payable
The day?s biggest movers
Change
Company
Galliford Try Projects full-year profits of up to � million
Glencore Mining sector on the rise
Anglo American Lifted by mining rally
TUI Sells final stake in Hapag-Lloyds
HSBC Reassures over hard Brexit strategy
Burberry Investors nervous ahead of today?s quarterly statement
Associated British Foods M&S sparks concern over high street peers
Marks & Spencer Cool response to trading update
Pearson City unimpressed by sale of 22 per cent stake in Penguin Random House
Carillion Continues to tumble after Monday?s profit warning
London Grain Futures
LIFFE Wheat (close �/t)
Jul 141.00
Nov154.00
Mar unq
May159.00
Jan151.50
Volume: 713
3mth
15mth
5794.0-5795.0
2291.5-2292.0
2771.0-2771.5
Bullion: Open $1213.71
Halifax Mortgage Rate 3.74
Close $1215.65-1215.75 High $1216.20
Silver $15.77 (�.29)
2310.0-2312.0
1980.0-1985.0
European money
deposits %
1943.0-1948.0
19800.0-19850.0
19440.0-19490.0
Alum Hi Gde ($/tonne)
1878.0-1879.0
1891.0-1891.5
2280.0-2285.0
Nickel ($/tonne)
8975.0-8980.0
1mth
3mth
6mth
12mth
0.13
0.20
0.29
0.55
0.25
0.30
0.45
0.65
0.10
0.15
0.20
0.50
Dollar
Sterling
Euro
9030.0-9040.0
0.00.0
Interbank Rates
Clearer CDs
Depo CDs
2 mth
3 mth
6 mth
12 mth
1 mth
0.2545
0.2734
0.2966
0.4486
0.6509
0.25-0.15 0.28-0.18 0.33-0.23 0.50-0.35 0.65-0.50
0.25-0.15 0.28-0.18 0.33-0.23 0.50-0.35 0.65-0.50
Eurodollar Deps
1.22-1.25 1.21-1.41 1.26-1.46 1.40-1.60 1.70-1.90
Sterling spot and forward rates
Currency
Tin ($/tonne)
19900.0-19925.0
Treasury Bills (Dis) Buy: 1 mth 0.143; 3mth 0.166. Sell: 1 mth 0.080; 3 mth 0.100
Platinum $904.00 (�4.27)
Palladium $857.00 (�7.66)
2773.0-2775.0
Pearson, which slid 35絧 to
reiterating its ?sell? rating and
655p, as the education
cutting its target from 43p to
publisher?s sale of a 22 per
37p.
follow us
cent stake in Penguin
In the luxury aisle of the
on twitter
Random House for about
retail sector, Burberry
for updates
$1 billion drew a negative
@timesbusiness slipped 40p to �.80 ahead
City reaction.
of its quarterly update
Marks & Spencer also fell
tomorrow. The release is
back, by 16p to 323p, after
expected to give a sense of the
announcing a 0.5 per cent quarterly
task ahead for Marco Gobbetti, who
fall in like-for-like domestic sales. Its
took the helm last week.
numbers sent a chill through the high
Underlying copper prices were on
street, with Associated British Foods, the rise, pushing miners higher.
the Primark owner, sliding 121p to
Glencore climbed 6絧 to 307絧,
�.45 and Next dropping 76p to
Anglo American 16絧 to �.84�,
�.17.
Rio Tinto 27p to �.25� and
Debenhams, which dropped out of
Fresnillo 17p to �.47.
the FTSE 350 last month, closed flat
In the mid-caps, Carillion
at 43p amid persisting concerns over
continued to plunge after Monday?s
its direction. ?Although [the third
profit warning. Shares in the
quarter] was characterised by UK
construction and facilities
retail market volatility, we believe the
management company crashed a
top-line weakness is driven by
further 39紁, or 33 per cent, to 78p
Debenhams? lack of differentiation
amid fears that it could be unable to
and as such could lead to further
avoid a rights issue. On Friday
disappointment at full-year results in
evening, it closed at 192p.
October,? Berenberg told clients,
Overall, the FTSE 250 shed 142
Australia
Canada
Denmark
Euro
Hong Kong
Japan
Malaysia
Norway
Singapore
Sweden
Switzerland
7310.0-7320.0
Zinc Spec Hi Gde ($/tonne)
Ireland. It also
operates in Belgium
and the Netherlands,
where it recently
acquired Gunters en
Meuser?s 14-branch
retail business.
Numis upgraded
Grafton from ?add? to
?buy,? heralding an
Dollar rates
5823.5-5824.5
Lead ($/tonne)
Grafton was cautious
about the impact of
pressure on incomes
Base Rates Clearing Banks: 0.25 Finance House 1.0 ECB Refi 0.00 US Fed Fd 1.00-1.25
Krugerrand $1172.00-1244.00 (�3.06-969.16)
Copper Gde A ($/tonne)
T
he builders
merchant and
DIY group
behind Selco and
Plumbase defied a
sluggish FTSE 250
with first-half sales
that were ?better than
anticipated?.
Grafton Group
enjoyed like-for-like
revenue growth of
5.7 per cent in the six
months to June 30, as
sales rose by 6.2 per
cent. The shares rose
10絧 to 719p.
The Dublin-based
company?s
merchanting division,
which accounts for
more than 90 per cent
of its business, grew by
4.5 per cent in the UK
and by 12.2 per cent in
Money rates %
AM $1211.90 PM $1211.05
(Official)
Wall Street reversed most of its early
losses after the Senate delayed its
August break to work further on
President Trump?s legislation and
his nominees to senior posts. The
Dow Jones industrial average closed
up 0.55 points at 21,409.07.
Going Dutch suits Selco owner
Gold/Precious
metals (US dollars per ounce)
Low $1208.34
London Metal Exchange
Cash
8.1%
2.1%
1.5%
0.7%
0.6%
-2.5%
-4.1%
-4.7%
-5.1%
-33.5%
Wall Street report
retailing
Mkt Rates for
Copenhagen
Euro
Montreal
New York
Oslo
Stockholm
Tokyo
Zurich
Range
8.3453-8.4332
1.1342-1.1223
1.6579-1.6688
1.2832-1.2922
10.674-10.797
10.808-10.918
146.35-147.73
1.2405-1.2514
Close
8.3469-8.3486
1.1226-1.1224
1.6587-1.6591
1.2835-1.2836
10.677-10.681
10.811-10.813
146.39-146.41
1.2407-1.2410
1 month
63ds
6pr
9pr
13pr
43pr
82ds
6ds
12ds
Premium = pr
3 month
188ds
17pr
26pr
38pr
127pr
243ds
20ds
36ds
Discount = ds
points, or 0.73 per cent, to finish at
19,215.39, its lowest since early April.
Dunelm resumed its slump as
analysts cut their target prices in the
wake of its latest results. Jefferies also
downgraded Man Group from ?buy?
to ?hold,? sending shares in the
investor down 5p to 148緋.
Galliford Try was a riser, up 94p to
a two-month high of �.61, after
informing the market that full-year
profits would come in at the top end
of analysts? expectations of between
� million and � million.
Centamin advanced 2p to 157p.
Numis upgraded the goldminer from
?hold? to ?add,? telling clients that its
shares looked attractive after falling
from 190絧 in April.
Investors switched on to a
Cambridge-based internet television
group after it reported a 21 per cent
rise in first-half revenue to
�.9 million. Amino Technologies
rose 4絧 to 193p after it revealed that
pre-tax profits had jumped from
�2 million to �9 million.
Exchange rates
1.3127-1.3128
1.2924-1.2925
6.5035-6.5038
0.8745-0.8746
7.8127-7.8132
114.06-114.06
4.2950-4.3000
8.3186-8.3211
1.3840-1.3841
8.4230-8.4244
0.9668-0.9669
Other Sterling
Argentina peso
Australia dollar
Bahrain dinar
Brazil real
Euro
Hong Kong dollar
India rupee
Indonesia rupiah
Kuwait dinar KD
Malaysia ringgit
New Zealand dollar
Singapore dollar
S Africa rand
U A E dirham
?attractive mix of
sustainable macro
growth in Ireland and
Holland, coupled with
management actions
driving investment
and outperformance
in the UK?.
Gavin Slark, chief
executive of Grafton,
said: ?While we
remain optimistic on
the medium-term
outlook for the UK,
we are cautious about
the shorter-term
impact of . . .
uncertainty and
pressure on . . .
incomes which may
temper growth in
spending on housing
renovation,
maintenance and
improvement.?
21.828-21.840
1.6848-1.6850
0.4809-0.4876
4.1700-4.1739
1.1224-1.1226
10.027-10.029
82.818-82.844
17147-17165
0.3881-0.3903
5.5121-5.5186
1.7799-1.7803
1.7762-1.7767
17.439-17.452
4.7188-4.7201
Australia $
Canada $
Denmark Kr
Egypt
Euro �
Hong Kong $
Hungary
Indonesia
Israel Shk
Japan Yen
New Zealand $
Norway Kr
Poland
Russia
S Africa Rd
Sweden Kr
Switzerland Fr
Turkey Lira
USA $
Bank buys Bank sells
1.850
1.610
1.810
1.570
9.030
7.910
n/a
n/a
1.230
1.080
10.800
9.500
382.230
314.470
19841.800
15826.900
5.020
4.290
158.950
137.660
1.980
1.670
11.680
10.100
5.280
4.330
83.720
69.720
19.100
16.180
11.610
10.320
1.370
1.180
5.180
4.430
1.400
1.230
Rates for banknotes and traveller's cheques as
traded by Royal Bank of Scotland plc yesterday
Data as shown is
for information
purposes only. No offer is made by
Morningstar or this publication
the times | Wednesday July 12 2017
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150.16
104.79
6317.26
287.40
5421.06
1423.81
4609.78
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?
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-0.10
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0.87
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?
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0.34
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1552.94
108.59
103.46
359.26
28.81
259.22
129.49
99.76
101.92
85.61
433.13
238.22
75.83
88.67
99.41
60.60
99.23
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553.56
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+0.17
-0.23
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+0.01
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+1.66
+2.57
-0.12
1.89
0.78
0.79
0.89
0.44
0.88
2.92
3.00
?
5.68
3.83
3.95
4.36
?
3.60
3.68
3.58
3.64
1.73
1.02
1.51
AXA FRAMLINGTON UNIT MGMT LTD
Dling: 0845 602 1952 Priv Clients: 0845 777 5511
Equity Inc ?@
572.40
Gilt Acc @
201.30
Gilt Inc @
74.35
Health Acc ?@
1903.00
Jap Smlr Co Ac @
62.56
Managed Inc ?@
143.70
Monthly Inc Inc ?@
256.80
UK Growth Inc ?@
206.00
UK Select Opps Inc ?@ 1853.00
UK Sml Cos Inc ?@
261.70
?
211.80
78.24
?
66.09
?
?
?
?
?
-2.70
+0.10
-0.39
+16.00
-0.19
?
+0.10
+0.80
+4.00
+0.50
4.43
?
?
?
?
5.25
4.46
1.52
1.14
0.05
AXA FUND MANAGERS LTD
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AXA Trusts
Gen Acc ?@
Gen Inc ?@
2101.00
1079.00
249.00
88.69
201.10
149.00
438.10
+6.00
-2.00
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
+1.20
-0.03
+1.10
+0.40
+2.40
2.71
2.27
1.00
1.29
2.00
CIS UNIT MANAGERS LTD
08457 46 46 46
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Sus Leaders ?@
UK Growth @
UK Income @
143.40
542.40
554.10
229.90
Buy
+/-
Yld
%
327.60
78.88
37.10
103.09
3797.00
69.75
327.60
?
?
?
?
72.18
-0.10
+0.07
+0.06
+0.31
+1.00
+0.53
0.21
2.85
3.00
2.41
0.92
?
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01296 386 386
Authorised Inv Funds
Share Class `C
Corporate Bond ?@
Ethical ?@
European ?@
Far Eastern ?
Fund of Inv Tst ?@
Intl Gwth ?
Japanese ?
North Amer ?
Smaller Cos ?@
Special Sits ?@
UK Equity Inc ?@
UK FTSE 100 IT ?@
UK FTSE All-S IT ?@
UK Growth ?@
35.19
77.51
86.37
97.57
107.10
83.19
58.13
83.38
102.10
47.71
82.88
57.77
65.75
76.05
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?
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?
?
?
+0.05
+0.45
+0.41
+0.17
+0.40
+0.56
+0.20
+0.65
+0.50
+0.24
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0.71
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0.31
1.46
1.34
1.06
1.00
1.43
3.84
2.53
2.44
2.57
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Amer Ind Inc ?@
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FTSE 100 Ind Acc ?@
FTSE 100 Ind Inc ?@
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FTSE All-S Acc ?@
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481.70
413.20
857.10
616.60
218.70
120.50
253.70
174.70
559.70
342.80
113.10
96.45
367.40
261.20
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+3.80
+3.30
+6.20
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+0.80
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-0.20
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+0.30
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1.51
2.36
2.42
3.39
3.48
2.44
2.51
3.27
3.37
1.53
1.55
2.49
2.56
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211.50
Balanced Inc ?@
143.10
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276.60
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124.50
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457.80
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72.79
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340.60
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297.90
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135.60
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74.70
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+0.40
+0.40
+0.20
+1.10
+0.17
+1.30
+0.60
+0.50
+0.30
+0.40
+0.21
+0.40
+0.21
1.10
1.11
2.84
2.88
2.25
2.29
3.60
3.71
3.64
3.69
3.18
3.27
3.18
3.27
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Sell
Buy
+/-
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82.54
?
+0.04
?
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339.03
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+4.74
+0.37
-1.15
-0.75
+0.37
+0.41
+0.23
+0.06
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+4.57
+2.01
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0.12
0.78
1.16
0.13
0.13
?
?
3.77
5.00
4.53
?
6.32
0.39
5.11
6.98
5.42
0.61
0.83
0.82
1.26
0.28
1.37
0.45
1.70
0.25
?
?
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0.28
5.15
6.57
0.16
1.94
3.31
0.54
0.53
1.06
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1.03
1.04
1.64
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US Sm Cos A Acc ?@
Sell
Buy
+/-
Yld
%
853.90
528.00
194.80
253.60
92.34
56.20
199.00
190.20
152.30
401.90
46.44
163.10
90.00
1027.00
558.40
428.20
179.70
109.80
958.00
551.50
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?
?
?
?
+2.00
-2.10
+0.60
+0.70
+0.18
+0.11
-2.20
+0.90
+0.60
+0.60
+0.07
+0.40
+0.20
+3.00
+1.70
+0.10
-0.20
-0.20
+7.80
+8.30
0.71
?
1.96
0.66
1.92
1.94
?
1.37
1.39
?
?
3.29
3.36
4.34
4.49
0.67
3.33
3.41
?
?
Absolute Return @
55.35
Distribution and Growth @132.04
Emg Euro Opps @
197.69
Euro Special Sits @
420.44
European @
1989.18
Financial Opps @
573.93
Income Trust @
557.50
Merlin Bal (Acc) @
177.22
Merlin Gwth (Acc) @
393.89
Merlin Inc (Acc) @
292.05
Merlin Wwide (Inc) @
281.55
UK Growth @
334.07
UK Special Sits (Inc) @ 188.56
58.46
140.05
209.73
444.10
2095.67
605.64
588.89
187.15
415.07
309.10
296.33
354.04
199.71
-0.14
+0.40
+0.91
+3.48
+15.83
+4.35
+1.22
+0.76
+1.76
+0.30
+1.90
-0.75
-0.16
?
3.78
1.33
0.59
?
0.28
3.51
1.69
?
2.86
?
?
1.12
LEGAL & GENERAL (UT MGRS) LTD
Enquiries: 0870 050 0955 Dealing: 0870 050 0956
Equity Acc @
Equity Dist @
Euro Ind Acc @
Euro Ind Inc @
2616.00
893.80
392.30
287.80
145.60
?
562.50
233.40
+1.10
+3.20
+3.00
+0.60
0.33
1.41
1.32
4.33
Amer Gth Acc ?@
Amer Gth Inc ?@
Asian Gth Acc ?@
Asian Gth Inc ?@
Chinese Eq Acc ?@
Chinese Eq Inc ?@
Euro Gth Acc ?@
Euro Gth Inc ?@
UK Smlr Co Acc ?@
UK Smlr Co Inc ?@
152.50
152.40
144.70
129.60
492.00
418.80
843.20
733.50
161.80
136.70
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
+1.10
+1.10
+0.60
+0.50
+1.20
+1.00
+5.90
+5.10
+1.50
-0.30
2639.00
902.00
392.30
287.80
-8.00
-2.70
+3.30
+2.40
?
?
2.21
2.27
298.90
437.20
252.50
159.60
34.78
180.70
148.40
203.70
4.27
0.77
?
?
?
?
?
?
Beacon Inv ?
84.88
?
+0.35
0.01
Dealing: 020 7426 6232
Winchester ?
2677.27
?
-26.69
1.20
British
Euro Gth
Gilt & Fd Int
Income
Jap Gth
Managed
Money Market
North Amer
334.30
470.60
271.30
164.20
35.76
191.70
163.50
223.40
334.30
470.60
271.30
164.20
35.76
191.70
163.50
223.40
?
-15.70
-0.90
-1.40
?
?
?
-9.30
3.86
0.74
?
?
?
1.22
?
?
84.80
89.53
-0.80
2.70
Amity European A ?
Amity International A ?
Amity Sterling Bond A ?
Amity UK A Inc ?
Higher Income A ?
UK Equity Growth A ?
275.00
264.30
107.00
232.70
135.60
268.10
+1.30
+0.90
+0.10
?
-0.20
+0.10
1.39
1.21
4.83
1.38
4.20
?
F & C FUND MANAGEMENT LTD (OEICS)
Enqs: 0870 601 6183 Dealing: 0870 601 6083
Share Class 1 - Retail
Corporate Bd ?@
58.90
Emerging Mkts ?@
122.50
Euro Gwth & Inc 1 ?@
992.30
Extra Inc Bond ?@
49.22
FTSE All-Shr Track ?@ 413.70
Global Gwth SC1 ?@
190.70
High Inc Trst @
14.52
Max Inc Bond ?@
49.06
Multi Man Caut ?@
70.41
Multi Man Distr ?@
60.44
North Amer ?@
483.80
Pacific Gwth ?@
424.80
Strategic Bd ?@
198.50
UK Equity ?@
3240.00
UK Gwth & Inc Acc 1 ?@ 658.50
UK Gwth & Inc Dist ?@ 234.70
UK Smaller Cos ?@
886.70
?
?
?
?
?
?
15.27
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
+0.10
+0.80
+7.00
+0.03
+1.20
+1.40
+0.02
-0.03
?
?
+3.30
+1.40
?
+1.00
?
?
?
?
?
0.87
3.24
3.10
?
4.31
3.75
?
?
?
0.54
0.69
1.07
?
3.34
0.26
FIDELITY INTERNATIONAL
Private Clnts 0800 414161 Broker Dlgs 0800 414181
Amer Spec Sits ?@
American ?@
Euro Opps ?@
European ?@
Extra Income ?@
Glob Spec Sits ?@
Global Focus ?@
International ?@
Japan ?@
Moneybldr Bal ?@
1538.00
3664.00
503.80
2180.00
27.82
3621.00
1822.00
149.50
343.80
52.47
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
+10.00
+27.00
+2.90
+18.00
+0.01
+24.00
+11.00
+0.20
+0.40
+0.09
0.01
?
0.26
1.19
3.20
0.06
?
?
?
3.77
55.22
-0.27
?
+0.60
+1.40
+0.60
+0.40
+1.00
+1.80
+4.90
+3.10
4.18
4.09
3.20
3.28
2.18
2.15
0.74
0.74
High Income
High Income Acc
UK 100 Comp Acc
UK 100 Cos
UK Select Pflo
UK Selection Port Acc
Worldwide Mgd Acc ?
Wwide Mgd ?
116.80
257.90
365.00
218.70
353.30
633.00
793.90
496.30
116.80
257.90
365.00
218.70
353.30
633.00
?
?
MORGAN STANLEY INVESTMENT MGMT LTD
Enquires: 0800 0961 962
The Morgan Stanley Funds (UK)
Class A Shares
Equity
?
?
?
+4.24
+54.45
-0.02
1.25
1.12
1.66
?
?
?
+3.62
-3.80
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
+0.30
+0.70
+0.30
+0.10
+0.70
+0.40
+0.30
2.90
1.87
4.41
2.09
3.35
2.53
2.58
+10.72
+4.29
+4.69
+0.43
+16.22
+6.56
+15.78
+0.94
-7.28
+0.45
1.67
1.06
0.16
?
1.64
1.07
0.22
2.93
?
3.00
Fixed Income
Stg Corp Bd A Acc ?@
UK Ind Lnkd A Acc ?@
UK Long Bd A Acc ?@
SANTANDER UNIT TST MGRS
08457 413002
Bal Pfolio Inc ?@
Bal Port Gwth Acc ?@
Equity Inc Inc ?@
N&P UK Gwth Inc ?@
Stkmkt 100 Tkr ?@
UK Growth Acc ?@
UK Growth Inc ?@
108.20
197.50
221.60
183.30
209.60
380.70
241.70
European Inc
Far Eastern Inc
Intl Growth Inc
Japanese Inc
Mutual European
Mutual Far Eastern
Mutual North Am
Mutual UK Eq
Nth American Inc
UK Equity Inc
UK Trkr B Acc ?@
UK Trkr B Inc ?@
1463.43
506.84
577.77
41.85
2215.17
774.14
1936.20
1288.73
1227.65
625.38
1544.52
534.92
609.78
41.85
2337.91
817.04
2043.48
1360.14
1295.67
660.04
American Gth Inc @
Balanced Growth @
Balanced Growth Acc @
Corporate Bond ?@
European Growth @
European Growth Acc @
Glob Gwth @
Higher Yield @
Higher Yield Acc @
Japan @
Managed @
Managed Trust @
Mngd Pfolio Inc @
Pacific Grth @
Smaller Comp @
Smaller Cos @
322.55
262.17
393.13
99.69
403.88
475.71
331.53
83.98
275.04
49.06
130.89
71.96
95.54
498.71
756.24
628.94
340.42
276.69
414.92
?
426.26
502.07
349.90
88.64
290.28
51.78
138.15
76.96
100.84
526.34
798.14
663.79
-3.34
-0.93
-1.40
-0.89
-3.57
-4.21
-3.09
-0.29
-0.92
-0.03
-0.06
+0.17
-0.11
-2.81
+1.64
+1.36
?
?
?
?
2.18
2.24
?
4.43
4.32
0.94
?
?
?
?
?
?
INSIGHT INVESTMENT FDS MANAGEMENT LTD
Client Servs: 0800 124 314
Insight Investment Global Investment Funds
Mthly Inc Bd Inc ?@
Mthly Inc Bd N Inc ?@
48.44
91.99
?
?
+0.10
+0.19
?
?
Insigt Investment Portfolio Fund
Insight Investment Multi-Manager Funds (0800)
Well Bldr Bal Acc ?@
Well Bldr Gwth Acc ?@
96.05
93.79
?
?
-0.32
-0.36
?
?
INVESCO FUND MGRS LTD
Dling: 0800 085 8571 Inv Serv: 0800 085 8677
Brkr Serv: 0800 028 2121
INVESCO Funds
UK Str Inc N/Trl ?@
563.20
?
114.23
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
23.31
?
3010.74
?
?
?
?
?
228.40
68.63
?
?
?
?
?
225.00
103.61
?
?
+0.30
+0.33
?
?
+6.00
+0.50
+1.60
+11.00
-0.29
-0.07
-0.14
+0.32
+40.33
+20.00
-0.10
+0.80
+0.10
+0.10
+0.40
+0.12
?
?
+0.20
+1.80
+0.10
+0.15
+0.07
+1.10
+6.70
2.39
6.42
3.17
3.24
?
0.61
0.90
0.62
1.05
1.52
5.09
3.26
?
?
0.07
0.39
2.00
2.04
2.28
2.30
4.51
?
1.11
1.71
?
3.12
3.18
1.63
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
+1.20
+2.00
+2.10
+6.80
+10.00
-0.20
-0.07
-0.10
-0.10
+5.00
+6.00
+0.80
+2.20
0.25
0.18
0.74
0.05
1.10
5.80
5.99
0.64
0.64
1.10
?
?
0.70
JP MORGAN ASSET MGMT
OEIC
?
-0.43
3.08
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
+0.19
+0.08
+0.28
?
+0.79
+0.01
-0.04
+0.24
+0.50
-0.03
1.95
?
3.13
3.50
3.12
0.10
4.57
1.85
1.99
0.37
INVESCO PERPETUAL Funds
Childrens Acc ?@
459.45
Corp Bond Acc ?@
199.52
High Income Inc ?@
470.90
Income & Grth Inc ?@
436.14
Income Inc ?@
1837.32
Money Acc ?@
90.36
Monthly Inc Plus Inc ?@ 111.54
UK Aggressive Inc ?@
195.26
UK Growth Acc ?@
646.41
UK Sml Cos Eqty Acc ?@ 1135.67
All Stks Credit A Inc ?@ 133.90
Asian Div Inc U Trst Inc @108.73
Cautious Man Fd A Acc ?@263.40
Cautious Man Fd A Inc ?@155.20
China Opp Fund A Acc ?@1252.00
Emg Mkts Opps Fd A Acc ?@199.60
Erpn Grth Fund A Acc ?@ 235.90
Erpn Sel Opps Fd A Acc ?@1677.00
Erpn Spc Sits A Acc GBP ?@94.66
Erpn Spc Sits Fd I Acc EUR ?@4.84
Fix Int Mnthly Inc Fd Inc @ 22.35
Global Equity Income A Inc ?@60.92
Global Growth Fund Acc @2886.41
Global Tech A Acc ?@ 1476.00
M-Man Abs Ret Fd A Acc ?@140.70
M-Man Active Fd A Acc ?@216.30
M-Man Inc Grth Fd A Acc ?@172.50
M-Man Inc Grth A Inc ?@ 153.40
Sterling Bond U Trst Acc @218.96
Sterling Bond U Trst Inc @ 65.80
Strategic Bond A Inc ?@ 126.10
UK Abs Ret Fd A Acc ?@ 156.80
UK Alpha Fund A Acc ?@ 141.00
UK Index Fund A Acc ?@ 602.10
UK Irsh Sm Co Fd A Acc ?@628.00
UK Property A Acc @
213.76
UK Property A Inc @
98.44
UK Tracker Fund A Acc ?@271.70
US Growth Fund A Acc ?@952.80
Asia A Acc ?@
188.70
Emerging Mkts ?@
209.70
Eur Dyn (ex-UK) A Acc ?@222.90
Euro Smllr Cos ?@
716.00
Europe A Acc ?@
1434.00
Gbl Hi Yld Bd A Acc ?@ 109.10
Gbl Hi Yld Bd A Inc ?@
38.05
Gl ex-UK Bd A Acc ?@ 258.80
Gl ex-UK Bd A Inc ?@
201.70
Glb Fins A Acc ?@
1020.00
Global A Acc ?@
1318.00
Japan A Acc ?@
391.10
Multi-Man Tst A Acc ?@ 928.40
M & G SECURITIES
Enq: 0800 390 390 Dealing Line: 0800 328 3196
Authorised Inv Funds
Charifund Inc ?
1594.68
?
+2.84
4.48
+2.78
+2.64
0.50
0.50
+1.43
+0.22
-0.35
-0.58
+0.22
+0.02
+1.93
4.40
1.08
4.86
?
3.51
1.67
2.09
+0.07
+0.50
+0.40
+0.70
3.60
4.24
1.31
1.49
+0.52
2.27
Sterling Class A Investment Funds 1
Euro Smlr Cos Acc ?
Euro Smlr Cos Inc ?
427.38
406.45
?
?
Sterling Class A Investment Funds 2
Extra Income Inc ?
786.54
Gilt & Fxd Int Inc ?
97.66
Gl Hi Yd Bd Inc ?
51.12
Index Linked Bd Inc ?
135.37
Index Trckr Inc ?
74.93
Short Dated Corp Bd Inc ? 25.92
UK Select A Inc ?
2935.12
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
Sterling Class A Investment Funds 3
Corp Bd A Inc ?
Dividend Inc ?
Recovery A Inc ?
Sml Cos Inc ?
41.14
65.16
140.35
348.25
?
?
?
?
Sterling Class A Investment Funds 4
Episode Allocation A Inc ?145.40
?
?
?
?
+0.04
+0.39
+0.17
2.80
3.27
3.34
UK Oseas Earns ?@
128.91
?
+0.63
2.06
111.60
149.40
80.61
?
?
?
+0.30
+0.40
+0.29
1.32
0.89
3.78
Stg Bd Ret Inc ?@
Strat Bd Ret ?@
UK Corp Bond ?@
UK Corp Ret ?@
UK Eqty Inc Ret ?@
UK Gwth & Inc Ret ?@
UK Hi Yld Bd 1 ?@
UK Inst Acc ?@
UK Mnthly Extra Inc ?@
UK Mnthly Inc Ret ?@
UK Retail ?@
UK Sel Retail ?@
UK Smaller Cos ?@
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
+0.14
-0.14
+0.11
+0.11
+0.42
+0.44
-0.21
+0.67
+0.10
-0.09
+0.55
+0.68
+0.48
1.21
3.74
3.14
2.78
3.72
3.30
4.99
1.71
3.69
4.21
1.56
1.66
0.26
701.40
219.40
+2.50
+1.00
1.67
?
56.97
47.36
62.10
61.98
99.50
96.53
43.18
159.18
82.98
78.19
141.19
132.05
319.98
197.20
181.80
138.70
217.70
213.00
?
?
?
?
?
2401.00
?
313.20
187.30
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
338.40
186.60
?
?
Corp Bond B Acc ?@
320.80
Corp Bond B Inc ?@
128.40
UK Gwth B Acc ?@
193.70
UK Sel Gwth B Acc ?@ 2009.00
?
?
?
?
?
?
+0.40
-0.10
-0.10
+1.10
+0.80
0.51
1.13
1.14
0.45
0.47
+6.00
0.91
+0.80
+0.50
2.77
2.84
+0.50
+0.20
?
-0.50
-0.20
+1.10
+0.40
+0.05
+0.10
+0.10
+0.40
+3.00
2.29
2.33
1.17
5.59
5.76
3.84
3.93
?
3.42
3.48
2.71
1.62
+0.80
+0.50
3.22
3.29
+0.50
+0.20
+0.50
+3.00
2.49
2.54
2.56
1.83
+0.30
+3.00
3.09
2.05
STANDARD LIFE INVESTMENTS
0845 279 3003
Investment Funds (OEIC) - Retail Shares
AAA Inc CAT Acc ?@
AAA Inc CAT Inc ?@
AAA Income Acc ?@
Amer Eq Gth Acc ?@
Corp Bond Acc ?@
Corp Bond Inc ?@
Euro Eq Gth Acc ?@
Glb Advtg CAT Acc ?@
Glob Advtg Acc ?@
Glob Eq Uncstrd Acc ?@
Higher Inc Acc ?@
Higher Inc Inc ?@
Japan Eq Gth Acc ?@
Managed Acc ?@
Select Inc Acc ?@
Select Inc Inc ?@
UK Eq Gth Acc ?@
UK Eq Hi Alpha ?@
UK Eq Hi Inc Acc ?@
UK Eq Hi Inc Inc ?@
UK Ethical Acc ?@
UK Opps Acc ?@
UK Opps Inc ?@
UK Smlr Cos Acc ?@
96.04
57.99
102.30
144.30
162.50
63.48
199.30
126.00
166.60
131.40
130.00
49.02
93.36
268.30
87.91
54.31
325.60
202.10
243.10
85.57
186.10
223.90
206.10
621.20
?
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?
?
?
?
?
?
?
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?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
+0.13
+0.08
+0.10
+0.30
+0.40
+0.14
+1.60
+0.40
+0.50
+0.90
?
?
+0.43
+0.50
+0.08
+0.05
+0.40
-0.70
+0.40
+0.13
-0.40
-1.30
-1.20
-4.30
1.47
1.37
1.88
?
3.14
2.87
1.53
1.24
1.20
0.01
3.97
3.77
0.05
1.72
1.55
1.34
2.41
2.61
4.17
4.31
1.57
0.30
0.30
0.56
SVS BROWN SHIPLEY FUNDS
Enquiries: 0141 222 1151
Balanced A Acc ?@
Balanced A Inc ?@
Cautious A Acc ?@
Cautious A Inc ?@
Dynamic A Acc ?@
Dynamic A Inc ?@
Growth A Acc ?@
116.93
112.09
111.22
104.91
256.65
244.71
273.73
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
-0.03
-0.02
+0.08
+0.07
+0.16
+0.15
+0.30
British
European
666.30
210.70
* Yield expressed as CAR (Compound Annual Return);
? Ex dividend; ?Middle price; . . . No significant data. #
Periodic charge deducted from capital; @ Exit charge
12 month
High
Low
OEIC C Class
UK and Income Investment Funds
UK Gth C Inc ?@
137.50
UK Sel Gwth C Acc ?@ 2082.00
For Resolution see Ignis
TU FUND MANAGERS LIMITED
British funds
UK and Income Investment Funds
2.79
2.84
1.17
0.56
0.28
0.17
5.40
1.01
2.14
2.72
?
3.04
3.11
0.89
0.60
222.33
228.92
98.08
SCOTTISH MUTUAL INV MNGRS LTD
0141 248 6100
OEIC B Class
Tracker and Specialist Investment Funds
+0.10
+0.06
+0.90
+0.07
+0.12
+0.40
-0.10
-0.02
+0.80
+0.60
-0.10
+0.80
+0.40
+0.70
-1.10
Yld
%
Retail Shares (Class 1)
2432.92
1350.60
1288.90
Corp Bond A Acc ?@
312.00
Corp Bond A Inc ?@
128.50
Envir Invtr A Acc ?@
285.20
Hi Inc Bond A Ac ?@
227.70
Hi Inc Bond A Inc ?@
89.25
Hi Res A Acc ?@
351.50
Hi Res A Inc ?@
136.20
Safety Plus A Acc ?@
40.12
Strat Inc A Acc ?@
200.00
Strat Inc A Inc ?@
101.90
UK Gwth A Acc ?@
181.10
UK Sel Gwth A Acc ?@ 1932.00
138.30
72.60
226.70
65.75
36.47
105.00
124.40
56.53
149.20
177.80
252.90
278.80
161.40
434.80
292.70
+/-
THREADNEEDLE INVESTMENTS
Client Serv: 0800 0683000
Intermediary Serv: 0800 0684000
Institutional Shares (Class 2) (163500,000 min)
Def Eqty & Bd Acc ?@
Eqty & Bd Acc ?@
Mgd Income ?@
UK and Income Investment Funds
137.50
72.12
226.70
65.65
36.43
104.50
123.40
56.53
149.20
177.80
249.90
278.80
161.40
434.80
292.70
Buy
Managed Funds
Tracker and Specialist Investment Funds
Fixed Int Acc @
Fixed Int Dist @
Glob Gwth Acc @
Glob Health Acc @
Glob Tech Acc @
Gwth Tst Acc @
High Inc Acc @
Japan Ind Acc @
Pacific Ind Acc @
UK 100 Ind Acc @
UK Active Opps Acc @
UK Index Acc @
UK Index Dist @
US Ind Acc @
Worldwide Acc @
Income A Acc ?@
Sterling Bond Acc ?@
Sterling Bond Inc ?@
Sell
MARKS & SPENCER UNIT TRUST LTD
0808 005 5555
Eur Sel Gth A Acc ?@
JANUS HENDERSON INVESTORS
Investors Serv: 0800 832 832 Dlng: 0845 946 4646
IGNIS ASSET MGMT
Dlg: 0141 222 8282
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Unit Trusts
Port Inc
EDENTREE INV MGMT LTD
0800 358 3010
Yld
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Overseas Growth Investment Funds
HSBC Personal Pension Unit Trust
CLOSE FUND MANAGEMENT LTD
0870 606 6402
Growth Fd Acc @
Bal Port A Acc ?@
Caut Port A Acc ?@
Caut Port A Inc ?@
Opps Port A Acc ?@
Prog Port A Acc ?@
?
0.12
0.53
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0.59
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0.86
0.84
1.68
1.85
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-14.50
-0.90
-1.30
-0.22
+2.10
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MANEK INVESTMENT MGMT LTD
0844 800 9401
UK Trkr A Acc ?@
UK Trkr A Inc ?@
316.90
463.40
267.70
169.20
36.87
191.60
157.30
216.00
Buy
SCOTTISH WIDOWS UNIT TRUST MGRS
0845 300 2244
Authorised Inv Funds (OEICs)
OEIC A Class
Managed Investment Funds
Pension Unit Trusts
HSBC FSAVC Unit Trust
British
Euro Gth
Gilt & Fd Int
Income
Jap Gth
Managed
Money Market
North Amer
Sell
Eur (Ex UK) Eq A Acc ?@1310.92
Glob Brands A Acc ?@ 7850.20
UK Eq A Acc ?@
1184.53
JUPITER UT MGRS LTD
020 7581 3020
HSBC Specialist Investment Funds (OEIC)
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Global Gwth Acc R ?@
Japan Acc A ?@
Pac Gwth Acc A ?@
Moneybldr Glob
Moneybldr Gwth ?@
Moneybldr Inc ?@
Moneybldr UK Ind ?@
Special Sits ?@
Wealthbuilder
Sell
1.78
1.80
2.37
2.40
1.12
1.13
1.38
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Price
Int Yld Grs rd
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Index-linked
104.93
110.25
375.17
129.66
375.56
120.33
124.07
142.23
130.82
381.91
162.05
155.79
279.61
150.12
179.47
175.22
185.39
171.11
177.31
209.86
209.26
206.26
279.39
218.70
225.36
263.05
264.78
281.36
101.74
107.34
367.53
123.69
357.29
114.74
117.00
133.54
121.24
354.19
148.35
141.12
252.03
133.62
159.99
152.77
158.20
143.76
147.15
175.98
172.70
167.69
228.06
179.29
177.34
206.61
200.82
209.70
Tr IL 1N% 2017 * 101.74
Tr IL 0V% 19
107.34
Tr IL 2K% 20
369.05
Tr IL 1Y% 2022 * 123.69
Tr IL 2K% 24
364.64
Tr IL 0V% 24
115.16
Tr IL 0V% 26
117.54
Tr IL 1N% 2027 * 133.59
Tr IL 0V% 29
122.44
Tr IL 4V% 30
362.39
Tr IL 1N% 2032 * 149.13
Tr IL 0O% 34
143.25
Tr IL 2% 35
261.66
Tr IL 0V% 36
136.35
Tr IL 1V% 2037 * 162.72
Tr IL 0X% 40
157.23
Tr IL 0X% 42 * 164.39
Tr IL 0V% 44
150.03
Tr IL 0V% 46
153.69
Tr IL 0O% 2047 * 181.65
Tr IL 0K% 50 * 179.04
Tr IL 0N% 52
173.48
Tr IL 1N% 2055 * 233.99
Tr IL 0V% 56
179.29
Tr IL 0V% 58 * 183.85
Tr IL 0W% 62
211.68
Tr IL 0V% 65
207.85
Tr IL 0V% 68
218.32
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1.94
1.92
1.90
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1.83
1.78
1.78
1.75
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0.36
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0.67
Longs (Over 15 years)
157.11
155.77
102.15
171.02
162.00
164.67
174.65
147.10
154.73
177.28
104.48
185.51
177.28
200.39
106.95
201.27
153.82
195.73
137.35
134.98
93.81
146.72
138.30
139.78
147.41
122.44
128.21
146.88
86.80
152.24
143.66
161.97
94.40
160.01
117.32
150.45
Tr 4K% 34
Tr 4N% 36
Tr 1{ }% 37
Tr 4O% 38
Tr 4N% 39
Tr 4N% 40
Tr 4K% 42
Tr 3N% 44
Tr 3K% 45
Tr 4N% 46
Tr 1K% 47
Tr 4N% 49
Tr 3O% 52
Tr 4N% 55
Tr 1O% 57
Tr 4% 60
Tr 2K% 65
Tr 3K% 68
140.61
138.61
97.61
151.06
142.53
144.19
151.99
127.01
133.25
152.26
90.88
157.74
149.50
168.33
99.16
167.17
125.02
159.92
Mediums (5-15 years)
118.34
109.15
113.59
118.59
138.11
113.14
108.62
102.29
138.26
161.88
153.04
148.92
113.38
104.78
107.79
111.25
128.78
105.19
99.90
98.71
126.26
146.95
136.21
131.34
Tr 3O% 21
Tr 1O% 22
Tr 2N% 23
Tr 2O% 24
Tr 5% 25
Tr 2% 25
Tr 1K% 26
Tr 1N% 27
Tr 4N% 27
Tr 6% 28
Tr 4O% 30
Tr 4N% 32
113.53
105.55
108.63
112.63
129.74
107.36
102.61
99.11
128.89
149.03
138.82
134.32
Shorts (under 5 years)
100.99
109.75
102.30
108.18
104.95
111.71
111.57
107.50
117.02
115.15
106.04
138.06
121.31
101.29
100.12
101.05
100.94
103.09
102.85
106.92
107.40
104.72
111.69
110.51
103.38
129.31
115.73
97.79
Tr 1% 17
Tr 8O% 17
Tr 1N% 18
Tr 5% 18
Tr 1O% 19
Tr 4K% 19
Tr 3O% 19
Tr 2% 20
Tr 4O% 20
Tr 3O% 20
Tr 1K% 21
Tr 8% 21
Tr 4% 22
Tr 0K% 22
100.12
101.05
100.98
103.09
102.94
106.97
107.48
104.85
111.77
110.61
103.69
129.40
115.89
99.16
* maturities as having a 3-month indexation lag and
which trade on a real clean price basis, excluding inflation
adjustment charge.
This is a paid for information service. For
further details on a particular fund, readers
should contact their fund manager.
Data as shown is
for information
purposes only. No offer is made by
Morningstar or this publication
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348K
16K
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248N Aberdeen Asset
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1732 Admiral
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127V Aldermore Gp
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Survivor of atrocities
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Obituaries
Elsa Martinelli
Uncompromising film star known as the Italian Audrey Hepburn who beguiled JFK and Gary Cooper and had an affair with Sinatra
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The couple honeymooned in Hollywood and had a daughter, Cristiana,
who also became an actress. In 1958
they were said to be among the witnesses of a scandalous episode that spelt the
end for the fast life of the Dolce Vita era,
a striptease by a Turkish dancer in a
modish restaurant. In 1960 Martinelli
and her husband separated. In her
memoir, Sono come sono (I am what I
am, 1995), she blamed his roving eye for
the end of their marriage, although this
was complicated by divorce not then
being available to Italians.
She had disliked being put under
pressure by a studio to return to the set
soon after giving birth, but she continued to work in the early 1960s. She
Elsa Martinelli may never have been a
fully fledged film star ? at least not in
Hollywood, whatever her success in her
native Italy ? but she was always a diva.
She was sometimes called an Italian
Audrey Hepburn, yet although the
women were friends they were very
different. Uncompromising, spirited
and idiosyncratic, Martinelli rarely had
to settle for less than she wanted, which
was to live life on her own terms.
With that came the admiration and
often adoration of men. She had a brief,
intense romance with Frank Sinatra,
married an aristocrat and a jet-set
photographer, was on easy terms with
John F Kennedy and tickled the tummy
of the ageing Aristotle Onassis. Gary
Cooper drank champagne from her
slipper.
Her story lost little by comparison
with Cinderella?s. Born in Grosseto,
Tuscany, in 1935, as Elisa Tia, she was
the seventh of eight children of a railway attendant. When she was nine the
family moved to Rome. She left school
at 11 and began work sewing pearls on to
ladies? hats.
By the time she was 14 she was a waitress in a bar near Piazza del Popolo.
One lunchtime, when she was 18, she
went to try on a bias-cut skirt that she
could not afford in the shop of Roberto
Capucci, then regarded as the best
young Roman designer.
He took one look at her and made her
his house model. The postwar feminine
shape celebrated in Italy was that
which Sophia Loren attributed to the
power of pasta. By contrast, Martinelli
At almost 70 she
spoke proudly of still
enjoying her sex life
She made Kirk Douglas
perform A Whale of a
Tale down the telephone
was slim, tall at 5ft 9in, long-limbed and
angular of cheekbone, with something
about her of Diana Rigg. Her features
anticipated by a decade the look of the
Sixties. Within a year she was a successful model in New York posing for Irving
Penn and Richard Avedon and the like.
Then Kirk Douglas, who had set up a
production company, saw her picture
on a magazine cover. His wife thought
Martinelli would be perfect for a part in
his next film, The Indian Fighter (1955).
He got her number from her beau of the
time, the designer Oleg Cassini, but she
thought when he rang that it was a
hoax. To confirm that it was Douglas,
she made him perform down the line A
Whale of a Tale, the song he had sung in
20,000 Leagues under the Sea.
By then she had appeared in a handful of minor roles in European cinema,
such as Rouge et Noir, and that was to
become her principal stage. This was in
part because of her apparent disdain for
the Hollywood system and her dislike
of Los Angeles. But she had talent and
despite her limited education was no
featherhead. Her father had read to
her from Shaw and could recite Dante
from memory, and told Douglas she did
not wish to be held to her contract.
Nonetheless, she went on to have
parts in more than 50 films, including
the safari hokum Hatari! (1962) with
John Wayne, in which, memorably, she
washes a baby elephant. She was also in
Guy Hamilton?s forgotten stowaway
Elsa Martinelli in 1955, the year she starred in The Indian Fighter western
drama Manuela (released as Stowaway
Girl in the US) opposite Trevor Howard, The Trial (Kafka directed by Orson
Welles), the Tsarist drama Prisoner of
the Volga (with John Derek and Gert
Fr鯾e) and the Burton-Taylor vehicle
The VIPs. In the Sixties, with Anita Pallenberg, Ringo Starr, Marlon Brando
and Richard Burton again, she helped
to round out the cast of the flaccid
pornography satire Candy (1968).
Her big success at home was Donatella (1956), a Sabrina-like story of a poor
girl?s life transformed. It won her the
Silver Bear in Berlin, although filming
was marred by her father being fatally
run over by a bus while riding the
moped she had given him.
Having been pursued by Charlie
Chaplin?s son Syd, she was then linked
to Italian leading men Rossano Brazzi
and Walter Chiari, who later squired
Ava Gardner. In 1957, however,,
d
aged 22, Martinelli married
Count Franco Mancinelli Scotti..
The marriage was quite againstt
his mother?s wishes. It wass
reported that she had closed thee
doors of the family palazzo to herr
son and sacked him as the estatee
manager.
Besides Martinelli?s humblee
origins, this may have had some-thing to do with her recentlyy
d
having collected three suspended
prison sentences of six monthss
each for shouting at traffic police-o
men who had had the temerity to
give her a ticket. Martinelli wass
rarely short of something to say. Ass
d
a teenager, she and her friends had
specialised in late-night prank callss
k
to people in the telephone book
who had amusing surnames.
Elsa
Martinelli
was among
top-billed
stars for
films in
the 1950s
appeared in Roger Vadim?s lesbian
vampire shocker Blood and Roses and,
in 1965, with Marcello Mastroianni in
La decima vittima (The 10th Victim), Elio
Petri?s proto-Hunger Games film.
Thereafter her career wound down
in the usual welter of tosh, one of her
last parts being in a 1979 episode of
The Return of the Saint, with Ian Ogilvy
as the hero with the halo. Nevertheless,
she was still famous enough in Italy in
1973 to be the target of a letterbomb,
with Laura Antonelli (obituary, July 1,
2015) and the German pin-up Solvi
Stubing (who also died this month).
Luckily, hers went off en route at
Pisa station.
By then she had been living for more
than a decade with the photographer
Willy Rizzo (obituary, March 9, 2013).
They married in 1968 and made Paris
their base, where for a time she was a
muse to Madame Chanel and Pierre
Cardin. Later they partied with Dalida
and Sacha Distel and the like.
Maria Callas insisted that she cook
her risotto, and she became a favourite
with Aristotle Onassis. A photograph of
Martinelli and Onassis together is said
to have sent Jackie Onassis (whom she
h
had known when married to
P
Pr
President Kennedy) runn
i for a facelift. Yet Onning
aassis
s liked Martinelli mainlyy because he saw her and
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e friend Odile Rodin,
her
w
widow
of the playboy Porfiir
firio
Rubirosa, as better
pl
playmates
for his son Alexan than the older woman
ander
he loved, Fiona Thyssen
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Rizzo?s talents included
fu
u
furniture
design and, after
th
h end of their marriage in
the
1979,
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9 Martinelli returned to
Ro
Rome
and set up as an
in
n
interior
decorator. At almost
70 she spoke proudly of still
en
enjoying
her sex life, and that
yyear
e had her final role, in the
t l ision
i costume
c
television
drama Orgoglio.
She was cast as a duchess. ?And
looking like this,? she quipped, ?what
else could I play? A nun??
Elsa Martinelli, actress, was born
on January 30, 1935. She died of cancer
on July 8, 2017, aged 82
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Fred Seiker
Engineer, stubborn survivor of Japanese atrocities on the Burma railway and author of an unforgettable if chilling memoir
Fred Seiker was a stubborn man. He seldom failed to create an impression and
would make his thoughts known,
whether welcome or otherwise. These
were not perhaps ideal qualities to have
as a wartime prisoner of the Japanese.
Yet it was that same determination that
enabled him to survive the appalling
brutality meted out to those forced to
build the infamous Burma railway. It
also ensured that his suffering, and that
of his comrades, would not be forgotten.
A Dutch marine engineer, Seiker was
taken captive in March 1942 when the
Japanese overran Java. He was 26.
Almost at once he was made to watch
while three sailors who had tried to
escape were bayoneted. Transported to
Kanchanaburi, Thailand, in a cattle
truck, Seiker was set to work on the 258mile railway intended to ferry troops
and materiel between Bangkok and
Rangoon. It was completed at a cost of
the lives of at least 100,000 native
labourers and 13,000 Allied PoWs.
Seiker took part in the building of the
bridge over the River Kwai. Complex
feats of engineering, such as piledriving
supports for its foundations, were
accomplished using only manpower.
The work was so repetitive and tiring
that at the end of the day the PoWs
were sometimes unable to raise their
arms to eat.
As it was, their diet of rice and slushy
vegetables was meagre in the extreme
and, suffering from malnutrition,
Seiker contracted beri-beri, pellagra
and dysentery. He managed to heal a
potentially fatal tropical ulcer on his
foot by letting fish in the river nibble the
infected flesh.
The Japanese confiscated Red Cross
parcels sent to the POWs. The prisoners, meanwhile, took it in turns to raid
the cookhouse for the missing supplies.
Having purloined a tin of fruit one
night, Seiker was caught returning to
his pals. He was beaten and given to
understand by a sergeant with a drawn
sword that he would be executed in
the morning. Characteristically, Seiker
began to argue that he had not committed theft because he had taken only
what was his. ?He did not appreciate the
logic of my defence,? wrote Seiker later,
sailed to Tilbury, Essex, where he met
an Englishwoman, Edna, who became
his fianc閑. Later he survived being
torpedoed off Dakar ? although his
best friend was killed ? before fetching
up in Java.
He was not repatriated until May
1946. Some of his fellow passengers
could not cope with their traumas and
jumped overboard during the voyage.
Seiker felt that he received a muted
welcome from his family, who had
given him up for dead. He believed that
he and other survivors were ignored by
the Dutch authorities. Accordingly, he
decided to rebuild his life in Britain. He
was married to Edna later that year and
they had a daughter, Melanie.
As an immigrant, however, he found
it difficult to find work. His engineering
qualifications were not recognised and
when he did get a job at a Shell oil refinery by the Thames, union officials
blocked his chances of promotion.
He continued to suffer ill-health,
both physical and mental. Treatment
from a psychiatrist helped with his feelings of anger and isolation, although he
still had nightmares. Convinced that
some of those with whom he had
shared his experiences of Burma did
not believe him, he retreated into himse This contributed to the ending of
self.
h marriage in 1966.
hi
his
Six years later, however, he married
ag
again,
to Liz, whom he first met when
sh
h worked as his secretary for a few
she
da
days.
In retirement they settled in
W
Worcester,
and she survives him.
He began to come to terms with his
p
past
in old age. He made journeys to
T
Thailand
and Japan, and the 50th anniv
versary
of the end of the war spurred
h
him
to record his memories of the
camps in watercolours and a short
memoir, Lest We Forget. In 2005 a
poem of his was used by the BBC to
conclude its coverage of the 60th anniversary commemorations of VJ Day.
?I know what life means,? he
observed at 98. ?You never live until
you have almost died.?
?and he ordered that I be taken to the
punishment tree . . . I was propped
against the tree, my arms pulled back
and tied at the wrists behind the tree
trunk. My feet were tied together with
barbed wire. After a few more punches
in the face, they left me alone.
?The pain that lashes your body after
a while, I must leave to your imagination. When morning broke they put a
bucket filled to the brim with water in
front of me and left me to it. A sophisticated torture if ever there was one.? He
came to in hospital.
Some prisoners were made to drink
water before guards jumped on their
distended stomachs. Punishment
beatings were a regular occurrence, for
instance for slipping when carrying
heavy loads of earth up steep embankments. The sick were dragged from
their beds and worked to death,
although when cholera broke out the
Japanese temporarily abandoned the
camp. Seiker helped to burn the bodies
of many of his friends.
?Nothing that life throws at a survivor of the Thai-Burma railroad can
?After a few more
punches in the face,
they left me alone?
ever be as daunting as the building of
the Railway of Death,? he reflected. On
August 18, 1945, having been sent to
repair track in northern Thailand, he
awoke to discover that the guards had
vanished and that the war was over. At
liberation, he weighed 5st 6lb.
Extraordinarily, he felt that the experience had been a privilege, allowing
him to witness the ?unconquerable
spirit of civilised man?. ?I have seen
humanity at its very best and at the
same time at its nadir. You were in a
situation where you would die for your
mates and they would die for you. Some
statement, isn?t it? But, believe me, at
the time, it was true.?
The eldest of four children, he was
born Mathias Frederik Cornelius
Seiker in Rotterdam in 1915. His father
was an engineer and his mother took on
Fred Seiker at the start of his seafaring
career and, right, his 1995 memoir
housework when the Depression hit
the family finances. Fred recalled his
childhood as happy, despite its hardships; the great treat was a single day?s
visit to the seaside in summer.
Intending to follow his father?s profession, he was educated at a technical
school and, after an apprenticeship, at
Rotterdam?s college of marine engineering. He was then employed by
Rotterdam Lloyd, the shipping line,
working on vessels plying their trade in
the Far East and to South Africa.
When the Germans invaded the
Netherlands he was at sea. His ship
Fred Seiker, prisoner of war, engineer
and author, was born on November 20,
1915. He died on June 1, 2017, aged 101
Peter McHugh
Journalist with a reputation as a ?Fleet Street bruiser? who along with Greg Dyke and Roland Rat revived the fortunes of TV-am
On the day that Peter McHugh took
over as news editor of the ailing
breakfast station TV-am in 1983, the
?Fleet Street bruiser? instantly justified
his reputation by having a fight in the
pub with one of his colleagues.
If the puppet Roland Rat became the
face of the station?s resurgence after
Greg Dyke was parachuted in to save
TV-am, McHugh was the man who
drilled the station?s coterie of young
reporters into unearthing stories that
would grab the attention of the nation?s
mothers as they were getting their
children ready for school.
The commercial breakfast station?s
first few months on the air had been
disastrous. Ratings had fallen below
200,000 and the organisation was haemorrhaging money. McHugh, a harddrinking and straight-talking Geordie
who had worked for The Sun, joked that
it would be cheaper to phone the viewers
to give them the news. It was no laughing
matter for some of the station?s original
presenters, including Anna Ford and
Angela Rippon, who were sacked.
TV-am had conceived relatively
highbrow programming. In one early
feature Yehudi Menuhin played the
violin at 8.15am. The BBC?s equivalent
programme, Breakfast Time, in con-
Peter McHugh, pictured in 1976
trast, had a lighter and more chatty
format.
Some TV-am staff would shake with
fear before McHugh?s morning news
meetings, at which they would be
expected to present three ideas.
McHugh?s disaprobation of an idea
would be expressed in one word:
?Bollocks.?
One young reporter he took a particular dislike to was Diane Abbott, the
future Labour politician. ?I think it?s fair
to say he didn?t like her and she didn?t like
him,? recalled one former colleague.
McHugh stayed for just one year
before he (and Dyke) left after the Australian Bruce Gyngell was appointed
managing director and brought in his
own team. Viewing figures had by then
risen to more than a million. By 1993
TV-am had lost its franchise, GMTV had
replaced it and things were going badly.
History repeated itself. Greg Dyke was
appointed chairman of GMTV and
turned once again to his old friend.
McHugh became director of programmes and stayed for nearly 17 years.
Ratings rose to almost twice those
achieved by the BBC?s Breakfast News.
GMTV became highly profitable.
Peter McHugh was born in 1946 into
a staunchly Catholic working-class
family in the town of Hebburn, south of
the Tyne. His father, Peter, worked in
the town?s shipyard and pushed his son
to get a good education. Peter passed
his 11-plus and attended St Joseph?s
Roman Catholic comprehensive,
where Brendan Foster, the Olympic
runner, was a friend.
McHugh went on to study sociology
in London. He began his career on the
Hartlepool Daily Mail and worked for
the Newcastle Journal where in 1974 he
met Greg Dyke, who recalled that ?he
had the best nose for a story of anyone
on the paper?.
McHugh became an industrial correspondent for The Sun. He moved on to
the Daily Mail, where he once attended
the TUC conference with the Sun industry correspondent John Kay, when the
Some reporters would
shake with fear before
his news meetings
latter was having a nervous breakdown
(Kay was convicted of manslaughter
over the death of his wife). McHugh filed
his colleague?s stories to the rival paper,
as well as his own, for the whole week.
When Dyke was poached from
London Weekend Television to become
the editor-in-chief of TV-am his first call
was to McHugh. ?We needed his nous
and his understanding of the mass audience because the station?s founding
fathers had no idea about popular journalism,? recalled Dyke. ?We had some
talented young people, such as Adam
Boulton. Peter taught a lot of these kids
what he knew.?
McHugh later produced The Time, the
Place, an ITV discussion show
presented by John Stapleton. It was
broadcast from a different location each
day and ITV hired a private jet for
McHugh and his presenting team.
Stapleton recalled: ?I?ll always remember
Peter sitting in the back of a plane with a
glass of champagne in his hand shouting
?They?ll find us out one day, Johnny?. ?
He worked long hours and expected
his staff to do the same. Although they
all experienced his explosive temper
(especially after lunch), most liked and
respected him. McHugh attended 24
?GM-TV weddings?.
He married his first wife, Barbara,
after meeting her at an art gallery in
Jarrow. The marriage ended in divorce.
His partner for the last 16 years of his
life was Samantha Mayaverum, who
works in property. After many years as
a lapsed Catholic, he returned to his
faith before he died.
As expected, the wake after his
funeral was a lively, liquid affair.
Peter McHugh, journalist, was born on
October 25, 1946. He died from a bowel
disorder on May 22, 2017, aged 70
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Calculating damages for
breach of charterparty
Supreme Court
Published: July 12, 2017
Fulton Shipping Inc of Panama v
Globalia Business Travel SAU
(formerly Travelplan SAU) of Spain
Before Lord Neuberger of Abbotsbury,
Lord Mance, Lord Clarke of Stone-cumEbony, Lord Sumption and Lord Hodge
[2017] UKSC 43
Judgment June 28, 2017
When the charterers of a vessel repudiated the contract and redelivered
the vessel two years before the
contract was due to end, and the
owners of the vessel then sold it
because there was no available
charter market, any financial benefit
to the owners from the early sale of
the vessel was not to be taken into
account in assessing the damages due
from the charterers for its breach of
contract. That was because there was
no relevant causal link between
breach of the charterparty and sale of
the vessel.
The Supreme Court so held,
allowing the appeal of the shipowners, Fulton Shipping Inc of Panama,
against a decision of the Court of
Appeal (Lord Justice Longmore, Lord
Justice Christopher Clarke and Lord
Justice Sales) ([2016] 1 WLR 2450)
that allowed the appeal of the
charterers, Globalia Business Travel
SAU (formerly Travelplan SAU) of
Spain, from a decision of Mr Justice
Popplewell ([2015] 1 All ER (Comm)
1205) reversing the decision of the
sole arbitrator, Mr Mark Hamsher, in
an award dated June 3, 2013.
The charterers of the vessel redelivered it to the owners on October
28, 2007, two years before the charterparty was due to end on November
2, 2009. The owners treated the
charterers as in repudiatory breach
and accepted the breach as terminating the charterparty. Because there
was no available chartering market at
the time, the owners sold the vessel
for $23.765 million in October 2007
and claimed damages against the
charterers for breach of the charterparty. By November 2009, when the
vessel was due to be redelivered, its
value had dropped and would have
been only $7 million.
Mr Steven Gee, QC, Mr Tom
Whitehead, Mr Daniel McCarthy
and Mr William Hooper for the
owners; Mr Simon Croall, QC,
Mr Peter Ferrer and Mr Ben Gardner for the charterers.
Lord Clarke, with whom the other
members of the court agreed, said
that viewed as a question of principle,
most damages issues arose from the
default rules that the law devised to
give effect to the principle of compensation, while recognising that there
might be special facts that showed the
default rules would not have that
effect in particular cases.
On the present facts the fall in
value of the vessel was irrelevant
because the owners? interest in the
capital value of the vessel had
nothing to do with the interest
injured by the charterers? repudiation
of the charterparty.
That was not because the
benefit had to be of the same
kind as the loss caused by the
wrongdoer. Difference in kind was
too vague and potentially too
arbitrary a test. The essential
question was whether there was a
sufficiently close link between the
two ? and not whether they were
similar in nature. The relevant link
was causation. The benefit to be
brought into account had to have
been caused either by the breach of
the charterparty or by a successful
act of mitigation.
The difference between the value
of the vessel in 2007 and the value in
2009 was not, on the face of it, caused
by the repudiation of the charterparty. The repudiation resulted in a
prospective loss of income for a
period of about two years. Yet
there was nothing about the
premature termination of the
charterparty that made it necessary
to sell the vessel, either at all or at any
particular time.
Indeed, it could have been sold
during the term of the charterparty. If
the owners decided to sell the vessel,
whether before or after the termination of the charterparty, they were
making a commercial decision at
their own risk about the disposal of an
interest in the vessel that was no part
of the subject matter of the charter-
party and had nothing to do with
the charterers.
The absence of a relevant causal
link was the reason why they could
not have claimed the difference in the
market value of the vessel if the
market value had risen between the
time of the sale in 2007 and the time
when the charterparty would have
terminated in 2009. For the same
reason the owners could not be
required to bring into account the
benefit gained by the fall in value. The
analysis was the same even if the
owners? commercial reason for
selling was that there was no work for
the vessel.
At the most, that meant that the
premature termination was the
occasion for selling the vessel. It was
not the legal cause of it. There was
equally no reason to assume that the
relevant comparator was a sale in
2009. A sale would not have followed
from the lawful redelivery of the
vessel at the end of the charterparty
term, any more than it followed from
the premature termination in 2007.
The causal link failed at both ends of
the transaction.
For the same reasons the sale of
the vessel was not on the face of it an
act of successful mitigation. If there
had been an available charter market,
the loss would have been the
difference between the actual
charterparty rate and the assumed
substitute contract rate. The sale
of the vessel would have been
irrelevant.
In the absence of an available
market, the measure of loss was the
difference between the contract rate
and what was or ought reasonably to
have been earned from employment
of the vessel under shorter charterparties, as, for example, on the spot
market.
The relevant mitigation in
that context was the acquisition
of an income stream alternative to
the income stream under the
original charterparty. The sale of
the vessel was not itself an act of
mitigation because it was incapable
of mitigating the loss of the
income stream.
Solicitors: Gateley plc; Clyde & Co
LLP.
visited the Royal Welsh Regimental
Museum, Brecon, and was received
by Her Majesty?s Lord-Lieutenant
of Powys (the Hon Dame Sh鈔
Legge-Bourke).
His Royal Highness afterwards
visited Llancaiach Fawr Manor,
Trelewis, Nelson, and was received
by Her Majesty?s Lord-Lieutenant
of Gwent (Brigadier Robert Aitken).
The Prince of Wales this
afternoon visited the Royal Mint,
Heol-Y-Sarn, Llantrisant, and was
received by Her Majesty?s LordLieutenant of Mid Glamorgan (Mrs
Kathrin Thomas).
His Royal Highness, President,
Prime Cymru, later attended the
Prime Cymru Awards at Craig y
Nos Castle, Pen-y-cae, Powys.
The Duchess of Cornwall,
Patron, the National Literacy
Trust, this morning held a
Reception to mark The Duchess?s
Bookshelves, an initiative to identify
seventy of the nation?s favourite
children?s books to commemorate
Her Royal Highness?s Seventieth
Birthday.
morning attended a Trustees?
Meeting at the offices of the Royal
Foundation of The Duke and
Duchess of Cambridge and Prince
Harry, 5 St Mary Abbots Place,
London W8.
Court Circular
Buckingham Palace
11th July, 2017
The Queen, Patron, Leonard
Cheshire Disability, this morning
visited Park House on the
Sandringham Estate and viewed a
new garden to commemorate the
Centenary of the birth of the
founder, the Lord Cheshire VC OM.
The Hon Malcolm Turnbull MP
(Prime Minister of the
Commonwealth of Australia) was
received by The Queen this
afternoon.
Mrs Turnbull was also received
by Her Majesty.
The Queen and The Duke of
Edinburgh this evening gave a
Reception for Winners of The
Queen?s Awards for Enterprise at
Buckingham Palace.
The Earl and Countess of
Wessex, The Princess Royal and
The Duke of Kent were present.
The Viscount Brookeborough
(Lord in Waiting) was present at
Stansted Airport, London, this
evening upon the Arrival of The
King and Queen of Spain and
welcomed Their Majesties on
behalf of The Queen.
Clarence House
11th July, 2017
The Prince of Wales this morning
Kensington Palace
11th July, 2017
The Duke of Cambridge, Patron,
the Battle of Britain Memorial
Flight, this morning attended a
Reception and Air Display to mark
the Sixtieth Anniversary of the
Flight, Royal Air Force Coningsby,
Lincoln, Lincolnshire.
Kensington Palace
11th July, 2017
Prince Henry of Wales, Patron,
Invictus Games Foundation, this
Buckingham Palace
11th July, 2017
The Duke of York this morning
visited Cambridge Biomedical
Campus, Francis Crick
Avenue, Cambridge,
Cambridgeshire.
His Royal Highness later visited
Astra Zeneca Academy House, 132
Hills Road, Cambridge.
The Duke of York, Patron,
Cambridge Judge Entrepreneurship
Centre, this afternoon visited
Cambridge Judge Business School,
University of Cambridge,
Trumpington Street, Cambridge.
His Royal Highness, Founder,
Pitch@Palace, later held a
Mentoring Event for
entrepreneurs at Cambridge
Judge Business School.
Buckingham Palace
11th July, 2017
The Earl of Wessex, President,
Sport and Recreation Alliance, this
morning attended the Annual
General Meeting, Brunei Gallery,
University of London, Thornhaugh
Street, London WC1.
His Royal Highness, Patron, the
London Gardens Society, this
afternoon toured winning gardens
in Bexley and Bromley and was
received by Major David Hewer
(Deputy Lieutenant of Greater
London).
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Weather
Weather Eye
Paul Simons
Today Most places will have a dry day with variable cloud and sunny spells. Max 22C (72F), min 5C (41F)
Around Britain
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9.5
**
7.0
1.2
7.4
0.0
**
2.8
**
**
9.5
8.2
2.1
**
**
1.7
**
15.3
0.2
5.3
**
10.3
6.9
0.7
4.1
**
**
3.2
2.2
**
**
**
**
10.0
1.4
**
**
9.6
0.4
8.5
**
**
2.4
A dry and bright start before
increasing cloud brings the risk of
scattered show s.
rn and
southeaster
s
dry.
Max 22C, n 6
6
Slight
Moderate
Rough
28 (degrees C)
21
15
15
11
Aberdeen
NORTH
SEA
Edinburgh
Glasgow
15
17
22
Londonderry
ATLANTIC
OCEAN
Most places remaining dry with
sunny spells. Cloud increasing in the
northwest wit h
patchy
rain later.
Max 22C, n C
Belfast
13
Dublin
20
LLlandudno
Cork
68
15
59
10
50
5
41
0
32
-5
23
-10
14
-15
5
i h
Norwich
Birmingham
Swansea
19
0
20
Bristol
Southampton
Exeterr
Plymouth
Brighton
19
CHANNEL
1
Tides
London
21
1
21
General situation: Most p aces dry
with variable cloud and sunny spells.
Isolated showers possible in the north.
SE Eng: Early rain will clear to leave
a mostly dry day with sunny spells
developing from the north. A light to
moderate northerly wind. Maximum
20C (68F), minimum 9C (48F).
E Anglia, London, Cen S Eng, SW Eng,
Channel Is: Any early cloud will clear to
leave sunny spells and variable cloud.
Patchy afternoon cloud developing.
Cool in the east. A light to moderate
Cambridge
Oxford
Cardiff
CELTIC
SEA
Channel Islands
19
Nottingham
18
19
Rather cloudy across central and
northern areas with showery rain
spreading east. o e
reas will be
drier, bright a mu
armer.
Max 25C,
18
77
20
Sheffield
20
Shrewsbury
10
Cloudy in the north with an
area of showery rain spreading
southeastward C r nd southern
areas remai
o
d and bright
Max 27C, n
25
Hull
18
ooo
Liverpool
IRISH
SEA
20
18
Sunday
86
Yorkk
Manchester
25
30
16
17
3
Galway
24
F
95
Carlisle
18
18
17
C
35
Newcastle
Friday
Saturday
14
14
8
22
Shetland
Sh
14
17
All readings local midday yesterday
22 S
Madeira
31 F
Madrid
31 F
Majorca
28 F
M醠aga
33 F
Malta
13 B
Melbourne
Mexico City 18 C
31 B
Miami
28 B
Milan
** B
Mombasa
24 B
Montreal
22 B
Moscow
31 B
Mumbai
23 B
Munich
22 S
Nairobi
33 F
Naples
New Orleans 31 B
26 S
New York
26 S
Nice
34 S
Nicosia
15 S
Oslo
20 S
Paris
16 D
Perth
20 B
Prague
13 S
Reykjavik
22 S
Riga
Rio de Janeiro 25 F
45 F
Riyadh
30 F
Rome
San Francisco 18 S
8
M
Santiago
19 F
S鉶 Paulo
28 S
Seoul
30 B
Seychelles
28 B
Singapore
St Petersburg 24 F
17 C
Stockholm
15 S
Sydney
31 F
Tel Aviv
27 B
Tenerife
30 S
Tokyo
20 B
Vancouver
30 S
Venice
24 S
Vienna
23 R
Warsaw
Washington 30 B
22 R
Zurich
ney
Orkney
Calm
18
21
30 F
19 R
31 F
14 S
39 S
32 S
30 B
27 S
32 F
30 S
36 F
22 S
29 S
23 B
20 C
32 F
30 S
11 DU
36 F
29 R
9
S
15 F
26 C
18 S
33 F
35 B
41 S
13 R
24 F
31 B
23 S
23 S
22 FG
23 F
19 S
32 R
31 B
29 S
33 F
20 F
29 S
24 C
26 S
18 B
26 F
27 B
42 F
e st te
(mph)
At 17:00 on Tuesday there were
ten ?ood alerts and no warnings in
England and Wales. No ?ood alerts
or warnings in Scotland.
For further information and
updates, visit ?ood-warninginformation.service.gov.uk, and for
Scotland www.SEPA.org.uk
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The world
Alicante
Amsterdam
Athens
Auckland
Bahrain
Bangkok
Barbados
Barcelona
Beijing
Beirut
Belgrade
Berlin
Bermuda
Bordeaux
Brussels
Bucharest
Budapest
Buenos Aires
Cairo
Calcutta
Canberra
Cape Town
Chicago
Copenhagen
Corfu
Delhi
Dubai
Dublin
Faro
Florence
Frankfurt
Geneva
Gibraltar
Harare
Helsinki
Hong Kong
Honolulu
Istanbul
Jerusalem
Johannesburg
Kuala Lumpur
Lanzarote
Las Palmas
Lima
Lisbon
Los Angeles
Luxor
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orthwesterly wi
north or northwesterly
wind. Maximum
22C (72F), minimum 9C (48F).
E Eng, Cen N Eng, Mids, NW Eng,
Wales, Republic of Ireland: Sunny
periods to start the day before
patchy cloud develops into the
afternoon. Light to moderate north to
northwesterly winds. Maximum
21C (70F), minimum 9C (48F).
N Ireland, IoM, Lake District, SW
Scotland, NE Eng, Borders: Sunny
spells, especially through the morning
before cloud increases to bring the
18
risk of an isolated afternoon shower.
Most places remaining dry. Light and
variable winds. Maximum 19C (66F),
minimum 7C (45F).
Argyll, NW Scotland, Glasgow, Cen
Highland, Edinburgh and Dundee,
Aberdeen, NE Scotland, Moray Firth,
N Isles: A mostly dry day with sunny
spells during the morning, cloud
increasing later with the risk of a few
isolated showers. Most places dry.
Light and variable winds. Maximum
18C (64F), minimum 5C (41F).
Noon today
Tidal predictions.
Heights in metres
21
26
27
Monday
Showers in the south and east at ?rst
clearing to leave most places dry and
bright. Scatter s
are possibl
in the north
Max 22C, n C
14
17
21
22
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by Weatherquest
Today
Aberdeen
Avonmouth
Belfast
Cardiff
Devonport
Dover
Dublin
Falmouth
Greenock
Harwich
Holyhead
Hull
Leith
Liverpool
London Bridge
Lowestoft
Milford Haven
Morecambe
Newhaven
Newquay
Oban
Penzance
Portsmouth
Shoreham
Southampton
Swansea
Tees
Weymouth
03:57
10:05
01:31
09:47
08:39
01:33
02:02
08:06
03:01
02:25
00:54
09:01
05:20
01:48
04:37
00:16
08:59
01:49
01:37
07:50
08:28
07:24
02:01
01:39
01:06
09:07
06:16
09:33
Ht
4.1
12.1
3.4
11.4
5.0
6.3
4.0
4.7
3.5
3.8
5.5
7.2
5.3
9.0
7.0
2.3
6.5
9.0
6.4
6.5
3.6
5.1
4.5
5.9
4.3
8.7
5.2
1.8
16:32
22:20
13:55
22:03
20:49
13:50
14:35
20:15
15:18
14:33
13:16
21:31
17:48
14:10
16:52
12:18
21:18
14:09
14:02
20:10
20:51
19:44
14:35
14:03
13:57
21:23
18:50
21:52
Ht
3.9
12.2
3.2
11.6
5.2
6.4
3.7
4.9
3.2
3.8
5.1
6.8
5.2
8.7
6.9
2.6
6.6
8.7
6.4
6.7
3.8
5.3
4.5
6.0
4.4
8.9
5.0
1.9
0
Synoptic situation
A weak ridge of high pressure
will extend across the British
Isles from the Azores high.
This will bring most places a
?ne and dry day although a few
isolated afternoon showers
cannot be ruled out. An area of
low pressure close to Greenland
will push an associated front
eastwards towards Britain on
Thursday. This will bring the
risk of showers to some areas.
Cold front
Warm front
Occluded front
Trough
Highs and lows
Hours of darkness
24hrs to 5pm yesterday
Aberdeen
Belfast
Birmingham
Cardiff
Exeter
Glasgow
Liverpool
London
Manchester
Newcastle
Norwich
Penzance
Shef?eld
Warmest: Frittenden,
Kent, 21.3C
Coldest: Cairngorm, 2.0C
Wettest: Manston,
Kent, 24.6mm
Sunniest: Lerwick, 15.3hrs*
Sun and moon
For Greenwich
Sun rises: 04.57
Sun sets: 21.13
Moon rises: 22.56
Moon sets: 09.28 Thu
Third quarter: July 16
22:26-04:03
22:24-04:35
21:56-04:31
21:56-04:41
21:54-04:46
22:26-04:20
22:05-04:30
21:44-04:29
22:03-04:27
22:09-04:15
21:44-04:17
21:59-04:57
21:59-04:24
T
he sky appeared
threatening late on
Monday. Big beefy
cumulus congestus clouds
billowed into great
cauliflower heads and soaring
towers, their tops shining brilliant
white high in the sky ? a sure sign
of an unstable atmosphere. It
seemed as though a downpour
was imminent.
Yet it took until yesterday
morning for rain to fall as a weather
front arrived from the west, driven
by the jet stream, which had
changed track and swept across
southern England ? instead of
northwestern regions, where it has
been a regular visitor for much of
the summer so far.
That weather front laid down
a thick carpet of low grey stratus
that spat the first drops of rain,
in what became a thoroughly
cool and wet day, especially in
southern areas.
It was, however, a time of
rejoicing for gardeners over much
of England and Wales who have
watched lawns turn yellow and the
ground become hard and cracked.
There has hardly been a drop of
rain for a month in many parts of
southern England, and the little rain
that has fallen has rapidly vanished
in hot sunshine afterwards. For
much of southern and central
England it has been dry for the
best part of 12 months.
The recent dry spell has brought
out the combine harvesters for an
early harvest of winter barley, with
good-quality grain reported, and oil
seed rape harvested about two
weeks earlier than normal. It has
been a different story across many
western, northern and eastern areas,
where there have been some very
heavy showers, especially in June.
This has been a great help for
growing potatoes, a crop that needs
a lot of water.
The wet weather yesterday
brought out the rain covers at the
Wimbledon tennis championships,
yet it was a relief for hay-fever
sufferers as levels of pollen fell. And
it was a lot more comfortable than
the stiflingly hot and sweaty
conditions of recent weeks.
the times | Wednesday July 12 2017
59
1GM
Sport
Poor diets mean jockeys have twice body fat of boxers
Racing
Rob Wright
Jockeys have almost double the body
fat of boxers, while nearly one in three
has reduced bone density owing to poor
diets, a study by Oxford University has
revealed.
Tests were carried out on 187 jockeys
over a five-year period in the research,
which was part-funded by the British
Horseracing Authority (BHA). The aim
is to educate jockeys so that they
improve their diets. This is a laudable
initiative and has undeniably improved
the way jockeys eat ? to a degree.
Catterick
Rob Wright
2.10 Golden Jeffrey
4.30 Project Bluebook (nb)
2.45 Silca Mistress
5.05 Carlovian
3.20 Free Spirited
5.35 Cool Strutter
3.55 Heir Of Excitement 6.05 Bourbonisto
Thunderer: 2.45 Mraseel (nap). 5.05 Carlovian.
Going: good (good to soft in places)
Draw: no advantage
Racing UK
2.10
Maiden Stakes (�911: 1m 4f 13y) (6)
0 GOLDEN JEFFREY 4 I Jardine 4-10-0
T Eaves
1 (3)
G Lee
2 (5) -5003 INGLEBY MACKENZIE 9 M Channon 3-9-2
Rossa Ryan (7)
3 (1) -4433 SECOND PAGE 12 R Hannon 3-9-2
B A Curtis
4 (2) 33-0 STAFF COLLEGE H Spiller 3-9-2
55 UBER COOL 28 Jane Chapple-Hyam 3-9-2
M Harley
5 (4)
L Morris
6 (6) 500- PIEDITA 267 Sir M Prescott 3-8-11
9-4 Staff College, 3-1 Second Page, 4-1 Piedita, 13-2 Ingleby Mackenzie,
Uber Cool, 8-1 Golden Jeffrey.
Rob Wright?s choice: Golden Jeffrey, a dual bumper
winner, can improve in this sphere
Danger: Piedita
2.45
Handicap (2-Y-O: �205: 5f 212y) (9)
J Egan
1 (2) 434 REFLECT ALEXANDER 11 P D Evans 9-7
M Harley
2 (7) 04221 MRASEEL 14 (P,D) J Tate 9-2
62104
FAITHFUL
PROMISE
34
M
Johnston
9-0
P
McDonald
3 (8)
G Lee
4 (1) 4510 SILCA MISTRESS 11 (V,D) M Channon 8-10
T Hamilton
5 (9) 51450 DIAMOND PURSUIT 11 J Hughes 8-9
6 (6) 62315 LEXINGTON GRACE 13 (P,D,BF) R Hannon 8-9 R Fitzpatrick (5)
P Hanagan
7 (3) 304 FLO'S MELODY 30 R Fahey 8-4
N Evans (3)
8 (4) 044 DYSON'S GIRL 20 B Smart 8-3
P P Mathers
9 (5) 045 ANGEL FORCE 39 D Griffiths 8-0
4-1 Mraseel, Reflect Alexander, 5-1 Flo's Melody, Lexington Grace,
7-1 Dyson's Girl, Faithful Promise, 10-1 Silca Mistress, 12-1 others.
Wright choice: Silca Mistress struggled in listed company
at Newmarket
Dangers: Mraseel, Flo?s Melody
3.20
Claiming Stakes
(2-Y-O: �264: 5f) (10)
J Egan
1 (9) 0531 TIE EM UP TEL 23 P D Evans 9-3
00 FREE SPIRITED 25 R Fahey 9-2
P Hanagan
2 (10)
A Mullen
3 (5) 030 PLACEBO EFFECT 26 O Pears 9-2
05 DEVIL OR ANGEL 47 W G M Turner 9-1
L Morris
4 (1)
0 TEA RATTLE 9 S Dixon 8-13
D Allan
5 (8)
J Sullivan
6 (6) 03540 JUST FOR THE CRAIC 14 Mrs R Carr 8-12
0 LITTLE MONKEY 5 (P) A Brittain 8-12
C Hardie
7 (3)
0 SOVEREIGN KATIE 22 O Pears 8-11
Joe Doyle
8 (2)
C Beasley
9 (4) 050 KIKINI BAMALAAM 48 K Dalgleish 8-10
00 MISS MAZZIE 26 M W Easterby 8-8
N Evans (3)
10 (7)
11-4 Tie Em Up Tel, 3-1 Devil Or Angel, 11-2 Free Spirited, Just For The Craic,
9-1 Placebo Effect, Tea Rattle, 14-1 Kikini Bamalaam, 16-1 others.
Wright choice: Free Spirited still looked green when seventh
at Musselburgh
Dangers: Tie Em Up Tel, Little Monkey
3.55
Handicap (3-Y-O: �911: 7f) (7)
S A Gray
1 (2) 62213 HEIR OF EXCITEMENT 12 (D) K A Ryan 9-7
P Makin
2 (1) 6-334 HALAWAIN 17 J J Quinn 9-6
L Morris
3 (6) -0500 JUMPING AROUND 18 I Williams 9-4
55214
OUR
CHARLIE
BROWN
18
(D)
T
Easterby
9-4
J
Sullivan
4 (4)
P Hanagan
5 (7) 5-543 LADY IN QUESTION 13 (P) R Fahey 9-4
P McDonald
6 (3) -0640 KIRIBATI 16 (B,BF) M Johnston 8-9
P P Mathers
7 (5) 0-000 REDROSEZORRO 6 (H) E Alston 8-2
11-4 Heir Of Excitement, 3-1 Halawain, 4-1 Our Charlie Brown, 6-1 Kiribati,
Lady In Question, 8-1 Jumping Around, 33-1 Redrosezorro.
Wright choice: Heir Of Excitement ran well at Chester and
will relish any cut in the ground Danger: Lady In Question
4.30
Handicap (�469: 1m 7f 189y) (7)
1 (7) 633-0 HIGHLAND CASTLE 12J (T) L Egerton 9-10-4 N Farley
2 (4) 1513- TENZING NORGAY 314 (V) Sir M Prescott 4-10-0 L Morris
J Hart
3 (2) 2410- PROJECT BLUEBOOK 86J (C) J J Quinn 4-9-11
4 (1) 5032 HURRICANE HOLLOW 34 (BF) T D Barron 7-9-4 B Curtis
J Sullivan
5 (3) 3/16- ALMOST GEMINI 125J (P,D) K Slack 8-9-4
A Mullen
6 (6) -1342 ADDICTED TO YOU 8 M Johnston 3-8-2
C Hardie
7 (5) -0656 GENERAL ALLENBY 33 (H,E,B) H Tett 3-8-0
5-2 Addicted To You, Project Bluebook, 7-2 Tenzing Norgay, 4-1 Hurricane
Hollow, 14-1 Almost Gemini, Highland Castle, 33-1 General Allenby.
Wright choice: Project Bluebook won a grade two hurdle at
Fairyhouse in April
Danger: Addicted To You
5.05
Handicap (Div I: �264: 7f) (13)
T Hamilton
(9) 50035 BERNIE'S BOY 7 (P) R G Fell 4-10-0
Doubtful
(2) 0-000 CHARAVA 2 (V,D) P Holmes 5-9-9
C Hardie
(6) 02364 GREY DESTINY 16 (C,D) A Brittain 7-9-8
(3) 0-230 BROCTUNE PAPA GIO 13 (B,D,BF) Gillian Boanas 10-9-7
Cal Rodriguez (5)
T Eaves
5 (5) -0450 BOLD SPIRIT 7 (T,V,C,D) Declan Carroll 6-9-6
J Garritty
6 (4) -0560 DANOT 23 (P,D) Jedd O'Keeffe 5-9-6
D Allan
7 (8) 60-00 LE LAITIER 22 S Dixon 6-9-4
A Mullen
8 (13) 034 JENNIES GEM 18 O Pears 4-9-1
Sam James
9 (10) 63000 BABY HELMET 23 Mrs K Tutty 3-8-10
N Evans (3)
10(12) 0-033 CARLOVIAN 21 (P,BF) M Walford 4-8-9
11 (1) -0500 LUKOUTOLDMAKEZEBAK 23 D Thompson 4-8-9 P Mathers
J Hart
12 (7) 06-6 ARABELA DAWN 44 J J Quinn 3-8-8
13(11) 40500 A BIT OF GINGER 13 (P) Mrs A Duffield 3-8-6 S A Gray
9-2 Carlovian, 6-1 Grey Destiny, 13-2 Arabela Dawn, Bernie's Boy, 7-1 Bold
Spirit, Broctune Papa Gio, 9-1 Danot, 12-1 others.
1
2
3
4
Wright choice: Carlovian, beaten a neck at Ripon, can go
one better
Dangers: Broctune Papa Gio, Bernie?s Boy
The discovery that jockeys have a
higher body fat percentage (14 per cent)
compared to athletes in similar weightrelated disciplines such as boxing (8 per
cent) will surprise many people.
However, as leading jump rider Tom
Scudamore pointed out yesterday, the
pressures that jockeys face make it extremely difficult to follow the guidance
they are given.
?The biggest problem is the lifestyles
we have compared to boxers,? he said.
?Boxers only have to get down to their
minimum weights about once every
three months but we have to do it every
other day.?
Jockeys face unrelenting
schedules, particularly at this
time of year for Flat riders. A
typical day would involve
getting up at about
5am for riding work at
a stable, heading for a
race meeting during the
afternoon
before
taking in an evening
meeting.
?It?s tougher for the
Flat boys than the jump
jockeys,? Scudamore
added. ?It?s really
k
tough for someone like
Adam Kirby, whose minimum weight is
9st. He?s having to ride at his minimum
all the time.
?People have lots of different ways
of keeping their weight down. A lot
of the lads prefer fasting or sitting
in saunas but for me it?s diet.
?I went up to Liverpool [John
Moores University] for some tests
and my body fat levels are the same
as the boxers.
?It?s great that people are trying to do something about
5.35
8.10
7.25
Handicap (Div II: �264: 7f) (13)
C Hardie
1 (6) 24434 LUCKY LODGE 7 (V,D) A Brittain 7-10-0
Josh Doyle (3)
2 (13) -0002 THE AMBER FORT 9 D O'Meara 3-9-9
J Hart
3 (7) -2434 THE STALKING MOON 14 (BF) J J Quinn 3-9-9
4 (12) 36224 COOL STRUTTER 13 (D) Mrs K Tutty 5-9-7 Gemma Tutty (5)
Doubtful
5 (1) -0430 CAPTAIN PEAKY 2 P Holmes 4-9-6
6 (10) 061-1 GREAT COLACI 25 (D) Gillian Boanas 4-9-5 P Hanagan
P Aspell
7 (9) 06040 LEONARD THOMAS 13 (P,D) P Kirby 7-9-2
J Sullivan
8 (5) 04444 CUPID'S ARROW 13 Mrs R Carr 3-9-1
G Lee
9 (11) 25300 HOLLYWOOD HARRY 13 (P) K Dalgleish 3-8-10
J Egan
10 (2) -0032 TOM'S ANNA 23 (CD) S Regan 7-8-10
11 (4) 0-006 IVORS INVOLVEMENT 21 Miss T Jackson 5-8-9 T Eaves
L Morris
12 (8) 0-000 MULWITH 12 (B) S Dixon 3-8-8
A Mullen
13 (3) 30004 ALBIZU CAMPOS 33 L Mullaney 3-8-1
7-2 Great Colaci, 4-1 The Stalking Moon, 11-2 Cupid's Arrow, The Amber Fort,
13-2 Cool Strutter, 9-1 Hollywood Harry, Lucky Lodge, 20-1 others.
Wright choice: Cool Strutter is consistent and can gain a
deserved win Dangers: Leonard Thomas, Hollywood Harry
6.05
Handicap (3-Y-O: �911: 5f 212y) (9)
P Makin
1 (6) 6-200 RED GUNNER 25 D O'Meara 9-7
T Eaves
2 (7) -3104 KODICAT 11 (C) K A Ryan 9-2
C Beasley
3 (5) -0011 KODY RIDGE 2 (H,D) R G Fell 9-5
T Hamilton
4 (4) -2203 SPRINGFORTH 15 (CD) R Fahey 8-12
5 (1) 2356- QUIET MOMENT 279 B Haslam 8-9 R J Fitzpatrick (5)
J Hart
6 (9) 2-030 CHICKENFORTEA 5 E Alston 8-8
P McDonald
7 (3) 33-43 BOURBONISTO 12 B Haslam 8-7
P P Mathers
8 (2) 00302 VINTAGE DREAM 9 (B,BF) N Wilson 8-6
C Hardie
9 (8) 06000 TRICK OF THE LYTE 34 (CD) J J Quinn 8-2
7-2 Springforth, Vintage Dream, 11-2 Bourbonisto, Kodicat, 7-1 Chickenfortea,
9-1 Quiet Moment, 10-1 Red Gunner, 12-1 Kody Ridge, 16-1 Trick Of The Lyte.
Wright choice: Bourbonisto again ran well at Doncaster
and can open his account Dangers: Springforth, Kodicat
Bath
Rob Wright
6.10 Captain Ryan
8.10 Burauq
6.40 Union Rose
8.40 Devil?s Bridge
7.10 Hope Is High
9.10 Nadia Promise
7.40 Epicurious
Going: firm
Draw: low numbers best
At The Races
6.10
Handicap (�264: 5f 10y) (12)
1 (2) -5232 CAPTAIN RYAN 25 (CD,BF) G Deacon 6-9-12 T J Murphy
2 (4) 62635 MAMBO SPIRIT 48 (CD) A G Newcombe 13-9-10 M Dwyer
3 (7) 43010 JAGANORY 13 (P,C,D) C Mason 5-9-8 Lulu Stanford (5)
M Lane
4 (10) -6524 DOUBLE SPIN 39 R Cowell 3-9-6
P Cosgrave
5 (11) -5431 STAFFA 20 (D) D Coakley 4-9-5
F M Berry
6 (8) P0530 THREE C'S 12 (T,P) D Dennis 3-9-3
D O'Neill
7 (5) -0050 LUCKY CLOVER 6 (P,CD) M Saunders 6-9-3
8 (3) 00504 ASK THE GURU 22 (B,C,D) M Attwater 7-8-12 D Egan (5)
9 (9) 06433 MOSTASHREQAH 16 (P) J M Bradley 4-8-10 S De Sousa
10 (1) 05030 RAT CATCHER 8 (B,D) Mrs L Williamson 7-8-10 T Marquand
R Powell
11(12) 64004 GLAM'SELLE 44 (P) R Harris 3-8-5
R Ffrench
12 (6) -4050 TESS GRAHAM 15 (P) S Hollinshead 3-8-5
3-1 Captain Ryan, 5-1 Double Spin, 6-1 Jaganory, Staffa, 13-2 Mostashreqah,
9-1 Mambo Spirit, 10-1 Lucky Clover, 12-1 Three C's, 14-1 others.
6.40
Handicap (�469: 5f 10y) (7)
F M Berry
1 (4) 65000 UNION ROSE 27 (CD) R Harris 5-9-11
2 (1) 4660- DISCREET HERO 291 (T,D,BF) S Crisford 4-9-10 S De Sousa
P Cosgrave
3 (6) 6-641 GINZAN 15 (CD) M Saunders 9-9-10
R Powell
4 (5) 13411 FETHIYE BOY 5 (CD) R Harris 3-9-4
5 (2) 5-331 TRICK OF THE LIGHT 40 (C,D) R Varian 3-9-3 D Egan (5)
6 (3) 040-3 SHACKLED N DRAWN 24 (D) P Hedger 5-9-2 T Marquand
Lulu Stanford (5)
7 (7) 0-031 EDGED OUT 24 (CD) C Mason 7-9-2
3-1 Trick Of The Light, 4-1 Discreet Hero, Fethiye Boy, 5-1 Edged Out,
6-1 Ginzan, 8-1 Shackled N Drawn, 12-1 Union Rose.
7.10
Handicap (�588: 1m 5f 11y) (10)
1 (9) 32333 HALLING'S WISH 15 (B,CD) G L Moore 7-9-9 T J Murphy
M Lane
2 (8) 02501 THE DETAINEE 8 (P) N Mulholland 4-9-8
3 (10) 0/20- LONDONIA 20J (H,T,BF) G McPherson 5-9-7 T Marquand
4 (1) 0-000 BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY 36 (P) B Powell 8-9-7 F M Berry
P Cosgrave
5 (6) 04226 INNOKO 36 (H) R Stephens 7-9-5
S De Sousa
6 (4) -4412 HOPE IS HIGH 23 (C,BF) J Berry 4-9-4
N Garbutt (3)
7 (3) 133-5 MR LANDO 28 J Farrelly 8-9-4
C Bishop
8 (2) 5-505 SKYLARK LADY 26 (P) Mrs N Evans 4-9-2
M Dwyer
9 (5) -5166 KAY SERA 56 (D) A G Newcombe 9-9-0
C Shepherd (3)
10 (7) 00-31 WASSAIL 27 E De Giles 4-8-10
7-2 The Detainee, 4-1 Londonia, 5-1 Hope Is High, Wassail, 8-1 Halling's Wish,
10-1 Innoko, Mr Lando, 14-1 Kay Sera, 25-1 Bohemian Rhapsody, Skylark Lady.
7.40
Handicap (�588: 1m 2f 37y) (9)
1 (3) 55013 MAMNOON 25 (B,CD,BF) R Brotherton 4-9-12 F M Berry
T Marquand
2 (8) 5-335 FRANTICAL 26 (D) A Carroll 5-9-9
3 (6) -0554 HENRYHUDSONBRIDGE 8 (T,B) J Flint 5-9-8 J Uys (7)
M Dwyer
4 (7) 30522 EBEN DUBAI 7 Mrs T Barfoot-Saunt 5-9-5
David Egan (5)
5 (9) 3-054 EUGENIC 32 (CD) B Millman 6-9-3
Molly King (7)
6 (2) -0246 SHIRATAKI 23 (D) P Hiatt 9-9-3
D O'Neill
7 (5) 0-00 EPICURIOUS 61 (P) B Meehan 3-9-1
S De Sousa
8 (1) 0564 BICOLOUR 7 M Johnston 3-9-0
J Quinn
9 (4) 05050 JUST FRED 25 (H,T) N Mulholland 4-8-12
3-1 Bicolour, 4-1 Mamnoon, 5-1 Epicurious, 6-1 Eben Dubai, 13-2 Frantical,
8-1 Henryhudsonbridge, 12-1 Eugenic, 14-1 Shirataki, 20-1 Just Fred.
Handicap (�588: 5f 160y) (16)
1 (6) 10106 COMPTON PRINCE 8 (B,CD) J M Bradley 8-9-7 S De Sousa
2 (8) P6433 WEDGEWOOD ESTATES 25 A Carroll 6-9-7 T Marquand
3 (11) 0306- POLKADOT PRINCESS 275 Mrs N Evans 3-9-2 C Bishop
M Dwyer
4 (1) 00-00 ANGELITO 56 (C) A G Newcombe 8-9-2
D O'Neill
5 (9) 00010 ZOPHILLY 40 (H,T,CD) J Gask 4-9-1
F M Berry
6 (14) 02400 DIAMOND VINE 8 (P,C) R Harris 9-8-12
M Lane
7 (7) 46-6 MUST BE AMAZING 18 (T) J Gask 3-8-12
R Powell
8 (4) 0-600 DAYDREAM 48 A G Newcombe 4-8-12
9 (5) 45504 BURAUQ 8 (V,CD) J M Bradley 5-8-12 Lulu Stanford (5)
10(13) 54656 CATALINAS DIAMOND 16 (H,T,C) Pat Murphy 9-8-12 D Egan (5)
J Quinn
11(15) 0-004 TALLY'S SONG 16 (P) G Harris 4-8-12
W Cox (7)
12(12) 6-003 JESSE TREE 20 (T) J Flint 4-8-12
J Uys (7)
13(16) F0000 MOBLEY CHAOS 20 (P) J Flint 7-8-12
N Garbutt (3)
14(10) 0-04 DAWN GODDESS 25 G L Moore 3-8-10
J Fahy
15 (3) 54-50 PAPA DELTA 25 A Carroll 3-8-7
R Ffrench
16 (2) 00-00 SHE'S ROSANNA 16 S Hollinshead 3-8-6
4-1 Wedgewood Estates, 13-2 Angelito, 7-1 Compton Prince, 10-1 Zophilly,
12-1 Burauq, Catalinas Diamond, Papa Delta, 14-1 others.
8.40
Handicap (3-Y-O: �469: 1m) (7)
M Lane
1 (2) 10-62 DOWAYLA 21 S bin Suroor 9-7
T Marquand
2 (3) 02530 DEVIL'S BRIDGE 14 (D) R Hannon 9-7
J Quinn
3 (7) -0055 REBEL DE LOPE 13 C Hills 9-6
S De Sousa
4 (6) 65106 GLORIOSUS 9 M Johnston 9-3
G Wood (3)
5 (5) 41V00 ALKASHAAF 40 (T,P) A Watson 9-2
6 (4) 2-100 INTERNATIONAL LAW 28 (P,CD) B Meehan 8-13 D O'Neill
F M Berry
7 (1) 53110 ARCTIC SEA 35 (D) P Cole 8-10
3-1 Dowayla, 100-30 Arctic Sea, 9-2 Rebel De Lope, 5-1 International Law,
11-2 Devil's Bridge, 7-1 Gloriosus, 16-1 Alkashaaf.
9.10
Fillies' Stakes (�911: 1m) (6)
ORBIT LIGHT 608J (H) M Gillard 6-9-9
J Uys (7)
1 (1)
5 KEEPER'S CHOICE 16 D Coakley 3-9-0
P Pilley (5)
2 (4)
MOOROVERTHEBRIDGE G Harris 3-9-0 Jenny Powell (5)
3 (2)
NADIA PROMISE W Haggas 3-9-0
P Cosgrave
4 (6)
4 PEQUENINHA 31 D Simcock 3-9-0
F M Berry
5 (3)
S De Sousa
6 (5) 244 UNIFIED 9 Clive Cox 3-9-0
11-10 Nadia Promise, 3-1 Pequeninha, Unified, 8-1 Keeper's Choice,
25-1 Mooroverthebridge, 100-1 Orbit Light.
Kempton Park
Rob Wright
5.55 Professor
7.55 Fitzwilly
6.25 Dangerous Ends
8.25 Bush House (nap)
6.55 Do You Know
8.55 Cappananty Con
7.25 Jane Rose
Going: standard to slow
Draw: 5f, low numbers best
Racing UK
5.55
Handicap (�175: 7f) (10)
1 (10) 03036 PROFESSOR 13 (D) M Attwater 7-9-12 Joshua Bryan (3)
2 (1) 510-0 ARLECCHINO'S LEAP 78 (P,D) M Usher 5-9-12 Nicola Currie
3 (2) /6-65 HUMAN NATURE 18 (T) S C Williams 4-9-9 Milly Naseb
Aled Beech (5)
4 (7) 03044 MISTER MUSIC 14 (D) A Carroll 8-9-7
Paddy Bradley (3)
5 (3) 32145 SALEH 35 (CD,BF) L Carter 4-9-6
6 (4) 02300 KINGSLEY KLARION 21 (C) M Johnston 4-9-5 R Oliver
Georgia Cox
7 (6) -4030 SARANGOO 13 (CD) M Saunders 9-9-3
G Buckell
8 (9) 64364 CHILDESPLAY 19 (CD) Mrs H Main 6-9-2
T Ladd (7)
9 (8) 1000P EJAYTEEKAY 11 H Morrison 4-9-1
10 (5) 16300 ANONYMOUS JOHN 13 (D) D Ffrench Davis 5-9-1
Katherine Glenister (3)
7-2 Childesplay, 4-1 Mister Music, 5-1 Professor, Saleh, 9-1 Kingsley Klarion,
10-1 Sarangoo, 11-1 Ejayteekay, 12-1 Human Nature, 14-1 others.
6.25
Handicap (�588: 1m) (14)
S Drowne
1 (8) 44212 MAKHFAR 16 (P,D) M Usher 6-9-12
2 (4) 0-540 CHECK 'EM TUESDAY 23 (CD) D M Loughnane 4-9-12
Paddy Bradley (5)
Georgia Cox (5)
3 (13) 36050 RIGHTWAY 31 (D) A Carroll 6-9-11
R Winston
4 (10) 00203 EVANESCENT 32 A Carroll 8-9-11
Lucy Barry (5)
5 (14) 32630 SECRET GLANCE 28 A Wintle 5-9-10
6 (1) 43100 EMBANKMENT 42 (CD) M Attwater 8-9-9 Joshua Bryan
J Crowley
7 (6) 44-00 SIR COMPTON 13 W S Kittow 4-9-9
C Bennett (3)
8 (3) 000-5 POPESWOOD 58 L Carter 5-9-9
D C Costello
9 (5) 0-350 MCDELTA 27 (D) G Deacon 7-9-8
G Downing
10 (9) 4-666 MUTINEER 11 D Kubler 3-9-4
11 (7) -1136 DANGEROUS ENDS 44 (CD) B Johnson 3-9-4 J Mitchell
H Crouch (3)
12(12) 00004 SWIFTEE 13 (B) I Furtado 4-9-3
13(11) 40-06 FEEL THE VIBES 27 (B) M Blanshard 3-9-3 D Muscutt
S W Kelly
14 (2) 40-40 PRESENCE PROCESS 35 P Phelan 3-9-2
3-1 Makhfar, 4-1 Evanescent, McDelta, 6-1 Dangerous Ends, 9-1 Swiftee,
12-1 Check 'Em Tuesday, 14-1 Embankment, Rightway, 25-1 others.
6.55
Handicap (3-Y-O: �235: 1m) (11)
James Doyle
1 (10) 52004 FIENDISH 17 M Johnston 9-7
R Winston
2 (5) 01200 BADENSCOTH 13 (H,CD) D Ivory 9-6
L Keniry
3 (2) 3-163 ALTIKO TOMMY 43 (D) G Baker 9-5
4 (7) 43004 ROCK N ROLL GLOBAL 40 (BF) R Hughes 9-5 S W Kelly
C Bennett (3)
5 (4) 0300- BEACONSFIELD 224 H Morrison 9-4
H Crouch (3)
6 (11) 0000 MISTER CHOW 54 G L Moore 9-4
A Atzeni
7 (3) 34030 DO YOU KNOW 21 (T,B) M Botti 9-2
O Murphy
8 (8) 33-30 SETTLE PETAL 20 P Phelan 9-0
Rosie Jessop (3)
9 (9) 33145 SCALA REGIA 24 Sir M Prescott 9-0
J Crowley
10 (1) 6-063 CASADO 20 John Best 8-11
K O'Neill
11 (6) 0056 SHAMONIX 14 M Usher 8-2
9-2 Altiko Tommy, 11-2 Fiendish, 6-1 Badenscoth, 13-2 Rock N Roll Global,
Scala Regia, 15-2 Casado, 8-1 Do You Know, 9-1 Beaconsfield, 11-1 others.
Scudamore relies on diet
to keep his weight down
Novice Stakes (2-Y-O: �235: 6f) (12)
jockeys? diets but some of the advice
they give you just can?t be followed.
?They?ll say you should start your day
with a run but when you tell them that
you?re already up at 5am it becomes
obvious that you just can?t fit it in.?
Dr Jerry Hill, chief medical adviser
for the BHA, said: ?This research confirms our suspicions and provides us
with scientific data to help guide future
developments on tackling the issues
raised, and gives us extra impetus to
continue to work with other industry
bodies to support the physical and psychological wellbeing of riders, helping
them to have longer, healthier careers.?
3.35
Handicap (�235: 1m 3f 133y) (9)
54 ANGEL ISLINGTON 36 A Balding 9-0
O Murphy
1 (5)
CATCH THE PIGEON E De Giles 9-0
D C Costello
2 (6)
3 DOWNTOWN MOMBASA 16 E Houghton 9-0 E Greatrex
3 (3)
ISLAND DRIVE W Haggas 9-0
D Tudhope
4 (2)
4 JANE ROSE 12 R Hannon 9-0
S Levey
5 (9)
0 LADY OF AUTHORITY 16 M McGrath 9-0
L Keniry
6 (10)
00
MIDNIGHT
BLUE
7
Sir
M
Prescott
9-0
Rosie
Jessop
(3)
7 (7)
MUSICAL DREAM S Kirk 9-0
J Crowley
8 (11)
POLLYISSIMO R Hughes 9-0
S W Kelly
9 (1)
50 THAT'S MY GIRL 9 R Hannon 9-0
K O'Neill
10 (8)
TRAVELCARD M Johnston 9-0
James Doyle
11 (4)
WOTAMADAM D Ivory 9-0
R Winston
12(12)
15-8 Jane Rose, 11-4 Downtown Mombasa, 7-2 Angel Islington, 10-1 Island
Drive, Travelcard, 14-1 Musical Dream, That's My Girl, 40-1 others.
1 (5) 63005 ARCHANGEL RAPHAEL 31 (D) Mrs A Perrett 5-10-1
S Drowne
R Tart
2 (6) 40-04 HARD TOFFEE 56 (CD) C Allen 6-10-1
3 (2) 04204 BAMAKO DU CHATELET 29 (V,CD) I Williams 6-10-0
J Doyle
T Queally
4 (8) 30-65 JAZZY 20 (T,P,D) M Keighley 4-10-0
R Kingscote
5 (9) -5343 MAROC 33 (P) Mrs N Evans 4-9-11
L Keniry
6 (3) 105-3 HEARTY 51 (CD) R Rowe 4-9-9
7 (1) 23-63 IBALLISTICVIN 25 (D) G L Moore 4-9-8 Joshua Bryan (5)
S Levey
8 (4) -1452 PETE SO HIGH 14 (P) R Hannon 3-9-3
F Norton
9 (7) 00000 FISHERGATE 50 R Rowe 4-8-13
7-2 Hearty, 9-2 Hard Toffee, Iballisticvin, 5-1 Pete So High, 13-2 Bamako Du
Chatelet, 8-1 Archangel Raphael, 9-1 Maroc, 12-1 Jazzy, 33-1 Fishergate.
7.55
4.10
Handicap (�235: 1m 7f 218y) (9)
J Crowley
1 (7) 140/0 AUTHORIZED TOO 25 (P) N Williams 6-9-7
R Winston
2 (2) 2-430 HENRY CROFT 36 A Carroll 4-9-5
3 (8) 55-35 PASTORAL MUSIC 14 (P,C) H Morrison 4-9-5 C Bennett
Finley Marsh (7)
4 (6) 40/52 INIESTA 32 F O'Brien 6-9-3
D C Costello
5 (4) /43P- LAZIO 267 J Osborne 4-9-2
A Atzeni
6 (5) -5463 FITZWILLY 8 (D) M Channon 7-9-0
S Drowne
7 (3) 1360- SILVER SEA 131J J S Mullins 4-9-0
O Murphy
8 (9) 40322 SEE AND BE SEEN 14 (P,CD) S Kirk 7-8-12
9 (1) -5444 SOUTHERN STATES 14 (E) Lydia Richards 4-8-8 K O'Neill
3-1 See And Be Seen, 7-2 Pastoral Music, 4-1 Iniesta, 13-2 Fitzwilly, 7-1
Southern States, 14-1 Authorized Too, Henry Croft, 16-1 Lazio, Silver Sea.
8.25
Handicap (�175: 1m 2f 219y) (9)
D Muscutt
1 (7) -0132 TOM'S ROCK 14 J Butler 4-10-3
A Atzeni
2 (2) 521-6 ST MALO 46 (B,BF) R Varian 4-10-3
3 (8) 5341- VINCENT'S FOREVER 34J (T,B,CD) D Pipe 4-10-3 A Kirby
R Winston
4 (9) -4530 TANGRAMM 114 (P,C) D Ivory 5-10-2
K O'Neill
5 (5) 331-0 GRACEFUL JAMES 48 (C) J Fox 4-9-10
J Mitchell
6 (6) -2160 CHORAL CLAN 65 (C) B Powell 6-9-9
51 DISTANT 20 R Charlton 3-9-3
K Shoemark (3)
7 (4)
James Doyle
8 (3) 2140 BUSH HOUSE 53 (B) H Palmer 3-9-3
9 (1) 61-13 RAKE'S PROGRESS 37 (C,BF) Mrs H Main 3-8-11 G Mosse
5-2 Distant, 7-2 Bush House, 4-1 Tom's Rock, 6-1 St Malo, 8-1 Rake's Progress,
12-1 Graceful James, Vincent's Forever, 16-1 Tangramm, 33-1 Choral Clan.
8.55
Handicap (�175: 6f) (12)
A Kirby
1 (6) 31006 DUTIFUL SON 35 (CD) S Dow 7-10-0
2 (11) 1/F60 PORTA ROSA 21 (H,CD) M Moubarak 4-9-11 K Shoemark
15 ALAADEL 32 (D,BF) W Haggas 4-9-11
J Crowley
3 (12)
4 (3) 1-231 HACKNEY ROAD 7 (CD) J Butler 4-9-9 Joshua Bryan (5)
5 (2) 16606 BRING ON A SPINNER 113 (V,D) S C Williams 4-9-9 A Jones
O Murphy
6 (5) 14-06 MAAKAASIB 32 (E,D) S Crisford 3-9-7
R Tart
7 (7) 54004 GUNG HO JACK 27 (CD) John Best 8-9-6
8 (4) 20000 FAIRWAY TO HEAVEN 13 (C,D) L Carter 8-9-5 Paddy Bradley
James Doyle
9 (9) 410 FORTITUDE 18 H Palmer 3-9-4
R Winston
10 (1) V2625 CAPPANANTY CON 13 (D) D Ivory 3-9-4
11 (8) 50310 SHOWMETHEWAYAVRILO 13 (CD) M Saunders 4-9-3 C Bennett
L Keniry
12(10) 32-11 MADAME BOUNTY 6 (D) E Walker 3-9-0
3-1 Hackney Road, 6-1 Fortitude, Maakaasib, 8-1 Alaadel, Dutiful Son, Gung
Ho Jack, Showmethewayavrilo, 12-1 Madame Bounty, 16-1 others.
Lingfield Park
Rob Wright
2.25 Port Paradise
3.00 Whatalove
3.35 Maroc
4.10 Kalimantan
Going: good to firm
Draw: no advantage
2.25
4.45 One For June
5.15 Zalshah
5.50 Wardy
Selling Stakes (�588: 1m 2f) (4)
1 (2) 02220 HANNINGTON 37 (T,C,D) M Appleby 6-9-10 A Rawlinson
S W Kelly
2 (4) 203-0 PORT PARADISE 111 (H) W Jarvis 4-9-5
3 (1) 50-00 ITS A SHEILA THING 27 (H) A Carroll 4-9-0 G Downing
G Wood (3)
4 (3) 40666 BIZET 12 (P) John Ryan 3-8-9
11-8 Hannington, 9-4 Bizet, 5-2 Port Paradise, 12-1 Its A Sheila Thing.
3.00
4.45
Handicap (3-Y-O: �588: 1m 1f) (14)
L Keniry
1 (1) 4-00 DANCING DRAGON 27 G Baker 9-7
G Downing
2 (5) 0-620 PERMANENT 29 (P) D Kubler 9-7
R Hornby
3 (9) 4000 ACCOMPLICE 16 M Blanshard 9-6
R Winston
4 (2) 42050 NEVER FOLDING 56 S Durack 9-5
James Doyle
5 (6) 600 QUINQUEREME 32 Michael Bell 9-5
T Queally
6 (12) 5-000 WOOTYHOOT 14 J Fanshawe 9-2
R Kingscote
7 (3) 0-600 HARBOUR TOWN 29 (P) H Dunlop 9-1
S W Kelly
8 (10) 00-03 HENRY DID IT 30 A Carroll 8-13
R Tart
9 (13) 4-000 RONNI LAYNE 20 C Allen 8-12
10 (4) 60030 VENETIAN PROPOSAL 15 (P) Miss Z Davison 8-10 K O'Neill
00-04
PERFORMANCE
ART
22
J
S
Mullins
8-9
S
Drowne
11 (7)
W A Carson
12(11) 00-00 NIP DOWN THE JUG 15 M Attwater 8-9
G Wood (3)
13 (8) 26022 WHATALOVE 16 (H) M Keighley 8-8
F Norton
14(14) 00-0 FRENCH SILVER 13 A Carroll 8-7
4-1 Wootyhoot, 5-1 Whatalove, 13-2 Henry Did It, Quinquereme, 8-1 Performance
Art, 9-1 Permanent, 11-1 Dancing Dragon, Never Folding, 14-1 others.
Blinkered for first time: Catterick 3.55 Kiribati.
Kempton Park 6.25 Feel The Vibes. 8.25 Vincent?s
Forever. 8.25 St Malo. Lingfield Park 5.15 Data
Protection. Yarmouth 2.35 Starlight Circus.
Auction Stakes
(2-Y-O: �911: 6f) (9)
60 ALASKAN STAR 39 Mrs A Perrett 9-2
S Drowne
1 (1)
0 GRAND ACCLAIM 29 H Dunlop 9-2
R Kingscote
2 (7)
4 SPANISH STAR 26 P Chamings 9-2
L Keniry
3 (5)
0 ARDEN PEARL 25 (H) A Watson 8-11
J Mitchell
4 (4)
04 ONE FOR JUNE 13 W Haggas 8-11
James Doyle
5 (3)
0 POWERFUL ROSE 29 M Blanshard 8-11
R Hornby
6 (6)
0 ROMAN SPINNER 37 (T) Rae Guest 8-11
S Levey
7 (2)
O Murphy
8 (8) 2264 TAKE SHELTER 25 (BF) J Tate 8-11
6 TRANQUIL SOUL 23 D Lanigan 8-11
T Queally
9 (9)
5-4 One For June, 7-2 Take Shelter, 4-1 Spanish Star, 11-1 Alaskan Star,
Tranquil Soul, 12-1 Roman Spinner, 25-1 others.
5.15
Handicap
(2-Y-O: �911: 4f 217y) (9)
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
S Levey
(6) 032 ZALSHAH 11 R Hannon 9-7
F Norton
(2) 414 ROYAL LIBERTY 18 (BF) M Johnston 9-5
O Murphy
(4) 22323 THREE LITTLE BIRDS 14 S Kirk 9-1
L Keniry
(5) 32302 AUTUMN LODGE 19 (P,BF) J Moore 9-0
K Shoemark (3)
(9) 0433 FIRENZE ROSA 25 J Bridger 8-12
W A Carson
(7) 050 COVE BEACH 13 P Cole 8-7
K O'Neill
(3) 006 HASTENPLACE 29 (P) B Millman 8-5
G Wood (3)
(8) 445 DATA PROTECTION 40 (B) W Muir 8-3
A Jones (3)
(1) 0035 TERRI RULES 30 Miss J Feilden 8-0
9-4 Zalshah, 9-2 Firenze Rosa, 5-1 Royal Liberty, 6-1 Three Little Birds, 8-1 Cove
Beach, Hastenplace, 10-1 Data Protection, 14-1 Autumn Lodge, 25-1 Terri Rules.
5.50
At The Races
Handicap (�588: 2m 68y) (13)
R Tart
1 (12) 1350- HIORNE TOWER 230 (D) John Best 6-9-7
2 (5) 300-0 BALLYFARSOON 81 (P,D) I Williams 6-9-6 James Doyle
430-5
HERMARNA
49
N
King
4-9-6
Georgia
Cox
(5)
3 (10)
T Queally
4 (7) 20104 GRAND FACILE 11 (B) G L Moore 5-9-5
G Malune (7)
5 (6) 0-065 ASTROSECRET 40 M Tompkins 4-9-4
D Muscutt
6 (11) 44460 MONEY TALKS 14 (T) M Madgwick 7-9-3
D Sweeney
7 (9) /50-0 TOPTEMPO 14 Ralph J Smith 8-9-2
K O'Neill
8 (3) 046/0 KALIMANTAN 49 T Vaughan 7-9-2
G Downing
9 (13) 12666 PAR THREE 49 (P,D) A Carroll 6-9-1
J Mitchell
10 (8) 04046 L'AMI DE ROUGE 28 Ralph J Smith 4-8-13
R Hornby
11 (1) 04000 LE TISSIER 27 (P) M Attwater 4-8-12
J Quinn
12 (2) 2-055 ESSPEEGEE 37 (P) A Bailey 4-8-9
13 (4) 0-004 HONOURABLE KNIGHT 27 (C,D) M Usher 9-8-8
W Carson
3-1 Honourable Knight, 6-1 Grand Facile, 13-2 Le Tissier, 8-1 Esspeegee,
Hermarna, 10-1 Money Talks, Par Three, 12-1 others.
Maiden Stakes
(�588: 7f) (8)
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
BERNARDO O'REILLY (H) Richard Spencer 3-9-4 K Shoemark
(3)
F Norton
(4) 2636- GLENAMOY LAD 250 M Wigham 3-9-4
5 WARDY 11 P Chapple-Hyam 3-9-4
T Queally
(2)
(7) 000-4 CADELA RICA 70 (T) Miss G Kelleway 3-8-13 D Sweeney
3 HYDEANDSEEK 18 John Best 3-8-13
R Tart
(8)
(1) 3-03 JOYS DELIGHT 16 D M Loughnane 3-8-13 R Kingscote
THE BEAR CAN FLY D Menuisier 3-8-13
W A Carson
(6)
VENTDANSLESARBRES G Baker 3-8-13
T Whelan
(5)
7-4 Glenamoy Lad, 11-4 Wardy, 11-2 Joys Delight, 6-1 Bernardo O'Reilly, 8-1
The Bear Can Fly, 10-1 Ventdanslesarbres, 25-1 Hydeandseek, 40-1 Cadela Rica.
Course specialists
Bath: Trainer S bin Suroor, 4 winners from
10 runners, 40%; W Haggas, 12 from 35, 34.3%.
Jockey J Uys, 3 winners from 10 rides, 30%;
T Marquand, 13 from 53, 24.5%.
Catterick: Trainer J Tate, 7 from 14, 50%; Sir M
Prescott, 5 from 20, 25%. Jockey Cal Rodriguez,
3 from 9, 33.3%; Joe Doyle, 11 from 57, 19.3%.
Kempton Park: Trainer M Saunders, 4 from 14,
28.6%; R Varian, 34 from 175, 19.4%. Jockey James
Doyle, 62 from 305, 20.3%; D Tudhope, 6 from 31,
19.4%.
Lingfield Park: Trainer N King, 10 from 26, 38.5%;
W Haggas, 56 from 184, 30.4%; A Watson, 7 from
26, 26.9%. Jockey James Doyle, 42 from 203, 20.7%.
Yarmouth: Trainer C Fellowes, 5 from 17, 29.4%;
C Wall, 19 from 75, 25.3%. Jockey W Buick, 16 from
74, 21.6%; J P Spencer, 25 from 139, 18%.
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Sport Cricket
The 16-year-old from Kandahar who
just might be future of English spin
GRAHAM MORRIS/CRICKETPIX.COM
Hamidullah Qadri was
turning the ball square
at 12 after learning how
to bowl on YouTube,
writes John Westerby
For all the virtues of preparation,
planning and analysis preached to
the modern generation of
professionals, sometimes the
h
naivety and nerve of youth
will prevail. These were cers
tainly two of the qualities displayed by Hamidullah Qadri, the 16year-old off spinner, on his first-class
debut for Derbyshire against Glamorgan last month. ?I didn?t really know
who some of the players I was bowling
to were,? Qadri said. ?I only found out
afterwards that Colin Ingram had
played for South Africa. I just ran in and
bowled.?
And took wickets. Ingram, astonishingly, was just one of five victims that
Qadri snared in the second innings on
a turning pitch at Cardiff, bowling Derbyshire to their first victory in the
County Championship for two years.
He had been the youngest Derbyshire
player and the first born since 2000 to
appear in the championship, and then
became the youngest player to take five
wickets in an innings on his debut.
Yet Qadri?s age is only one unlikely
aspect of a swift journey into county
cricket. It is only six years since he
moved to Derby from Kandahar, the
second city in war-torn Afghanistan.
He picked up a love of cricket and spin
bowling from watching YouTube videos of Saeed Ajmal and Saqlain Mushtaq, and would cycle to the nets at a
local park before school to imitate his
heroes.
Afghanistan were recently granted
Test status and made their first appearance at Lord?s yesterday. But Derbyshire?s richly talented, Afghan-born off
spinner is now embedded in the system
of his adopted country and will make
his debut for England Under-19 next
month. ?I?m really happy Afghanistan
will play Test cricket, but England has
given me everything,? he said.
It was ten months after Qadri?s birth
that the US Navy began hitting targets
in Kandahar in pursuit of the Taliban
and al-Qaeda. Two years later, Qadri?s
father moved to England and set up a
business selling tyres, but it was not
until he was ten that Qadri, along with
his mother and older brother, would
move to Derby to join him.
Afghans in
Lord?s first
M
ore than 6,000
Afghanistan
fans ignored
the abysmal weather
forecast and poured
into Lord?s to see their
team play their first
match at the Home of
Cricket and their first
since gaining Test
status last month.
MCC, led by Brendon
McCullum, made 217
for seven from their 40
overs. Only five overs
of Afghanistan?s reply
were possible but there
was some exciting and
aggressive batting as
they reached 31 for one.
Qadri broke
records on his
Derbyshire
debut and has
been called up
for England
Under-19
?We lived in a secure area of Kandahar and so we didn?t really see the violence,? he said. ?If something happened
on the other side of the city, we would
only hear about it three weeks later,
because there was a lack of technology.?
In Kandahar, there had been occasional games of cricket, with his cousins
? ?we mainly played football? ? but it
was only once he moved to England
and began watching those YouTube
videos that Qadri discovered his talent
for spinning the ball. ?I liked watching
Saeed Ajmal and Saqlain and their
masterclasses,? he said. ?Those videos
gave me something I could copy, so I
started practising at the park.?
It was at Normanton Park, where
there are two nets open to the public,
that Qadri met Rahim Ali, a local community coach, who would become a
friend and mentor. ?He was a very shy
boy, but you could see he had amazing
natural talent,? Ali said. ?And once he
started playing properly, I saw how
hard he was prepared to work. He?d cycle ten minutes down to the park from
home before school, with his bag on his
back, bowl on his own in the nets for an
hour. Then he?d cycle back home, have
a shower and go to school.?
The club Qadri joined was Alvaston
& Boulton, where Steve Stubbings, the
former Derbyshire opening batsman,
now one of the county?s coaches, is the
captain. Stubbings remembers vividly
the first time he saw a 12-year-old giving the ball a considerable rip. ?I saw
How Qadri has made an impact
16 years
203 days
Age when Qadri
became
Derbyshire?s
youngest ever
County
Championship
player, against
Glamorgan last
month
5 for 60
Bowling figures in
second innings on
his debut
710
Days since
Derbyshire had
last won before
his debut
1
He is the first
county cricketer
to have been born
in the 21st century
11
Age that Qadri
left Afghanistan.
He had never
played cricket
before arriving in
England
223
Number of
wickets taken in
five seasons, at an
average of 20.21,
for Derbyshire
Premier Division
side Alvaston &
Boulton
this lad spinning it square and I couldn?t
quite believe it,? Stubbings said. ?He put
amazing energy on the ball and bowled
with control as well.?
Once the formalities of Qadri?s eligibility had been ironed out, Stubbings
suggested that he should have a run
with one of Alvaston & Boulton?s senior
teams. ?None of the other teams
seemed to want him, so I gave him a run
Tamim?s Essex stay lasts one match amid attack claim
Elizabeth Ammon, Geoffrey Dean
Tamim Iqbal, the Bangladesh opening
batsman, has left Essex after one match
amid reports in his home country that
his wife was the victim of an attempted
acid attack in the UK.
The Daily Star of Bangladesh reported
last night that, according to ?a source
close to the Bangladesh Cricket Board?,
the player?s wife had acid thrown
towards her after being chased from a
restaurant where the pair were dining
with their one-year-old son on Monday
night.
Tamim is Bangladesh?s highest runscorer, with more than 10,000 runs to his
name in all forms of the game.
The 28-year-old signed last week for
an eight-match stint in the NatWest
T20 Blast. He appeared in Sunday?s seven-wicket defeat by
Kent, but Essex released a statement yesterday that confirmed
his exit, saying he was leavingg
for personal reasons.
The club and Essex Police
did not respond to requests
for a comment last night
regarding the reported
attack.
?Overseas
player
Tamim Iqbal has left
Tamim played just
one game for Essex
the club with immediate effect due to
personal reasons,? Essex said in
announcing the player?s departure.
?We wish him all the best, and it would
be appreciated if Tamim?s privacy is
respected during this time.?
In the Specsavers County Championship, rain swept in after 15.3 overs
yesterday, preventing any further play at Cheltenham.
Gloucestershire had added
42 runs for the loss of one
wicket to increase their
lead to 145 over
promotion-chasing
W
Worcestershire.
The forecast is better for
t
today.
Worcestershire, who
started the match in second place in the
second division, 26 points behind
Nottinghamshire, reduced the deficit
to 20 thanks to bonus points. However,
a win would give them a cushion over
the other challengers.
Gloucestershire have not given up on
their promotion hopes. Although they
began this match in seventh place, they
have played fewer games, seven, than
any team in the division and a win could
kick-start their season.
On a fast-scoring wicket, Worcestershire ? who scored at four an over in
the first innings ? are likely to face a
stiffer asking rate. Gloucestershire will
aim to set them a target in excess of 300
at more than five an over.
in the first team,? Stubbings said. ?He
wasn?t fazed in the slightest and he took
a couple of wickets.?
So far, so remarkable. But there was a
drawback to modelling his action on
Ajmal, the Pakistan bowler whose
variations created so many problems
for England?s batsmen in 2012 in the
United Arab Emirates, but whose international career was curtailed after
being forced to remodel his suspect
action. Like his hero, Qadri had developed a kink in his action two years ago
that needed to be ironed out.
?He dealt with that very well,?
Stubbings said. ?Apart from his natural
talents, he?s got an amazing ability to
learn something new. You can give him
something to work on that would take
another young player a whole winter to
sort out. Hammy will have mastered it
within a week.?
As a result, his doosra remains a work
in progress, but his off breaks are potent
enough weapons in their own right.
The shy boy who spent hours bowling
in the nets on his own before school
now has sufficient self-belief ? or
youthful audacity ? to toss the ball up
and invite batsmen twice his age down
the wicket to drive him.
And he might have made his mark
even earlier this season. ?We wanted to
play him earlier, but his mum is understandably keen on him being a model
student, so we let him finish his GCSEs
first,? Stubbings said. ?He?s got a big
future ahead of him.?
England ?can top the group?
England will hope to build on
their three-run victory over
Australia on Sunday as they look
to top the group at the Women?s
Cricket World Cup. Heather
Knight?s side face New Zealand
in Derby today before playing
West Indies in their final group
game on Saturday. The top four
teams advance to the semi-finals.
England
Australia
India
New Zealand
South Africa
West Indies
Sri Lanka
Pakistan
P W
5 4
5 4
5 4
5 3
5 3
6 2
5 0
6 0
L
1
1
1
1
1
4
5
6
T NR Pts RR
0
0
8 1.16
0
0
8 1.07
0
0
8 0.26
0
1
7 2.30
0
1
7 1.46
0
0
4 -1.51
0
0
0 -1.09
0
0
0 -2.28
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CHRISTIAN HARTMANN/REUTERS
Froome vows to
avoid repeat of
tactical errors
Eddy Merckx..........................96
(five overall victories)
Bernard Hinault.............75 (5)
Miguel Indurain............60 (5)
Jacques Anquetil..........50 (5)
Chris Froome..................50 (3)
Stage 11 today
Tour de France
Jeremy Whittle Bergerac
Start Noon
Eymet 52m
Chris Froome is determined that the
tactical errors that cost him victory in
last year?s Vuelta a Espa馻 will not be
repeated in the Pyrenean stages of this
year?s Tour de France.
?Lessons have been learnt,? he said
last night. ?It won?t happen again.?
On that key 118km mountain stage,
Team Sky were caught napping as
Alberto Contador launched a make-orbreak attack that distanced Froome. By
the time Sky had rallied their troops, it
was too late and Contador and Nairo
Quintana, the eventual race winner,
were long gone.
?We?ve got a very different team
here,? Froome added. ?On the start line
on Friday, that will be at the forefront of
my mind, but I can?t see it happening
again.?
After 50 days in the yellow jersey, little seems to faze Froome, but stage 12
and, particularly, stage 13 of this year?s
race offer fertile ground for another
ambush, similar to the one that put paid
to his comfortable overall lead in Spain
last August. Tomorrow?s long mountain
stage, over 214.5km to Peyragudes, in-
Estimated finish 4.36pm
Pau 205m
4
C魌e d?Aire-sur-l?Adour
143m
Category
of climb
Froome made serene progress from P閞igueux to Bergerac yesterday, as he kept a tight grip on the leader?s yellow jersey
sprint S
20km
Bordeaux
A62
A63
Route
203.5km
S
Bayonne
Eymet
A62
C魌e d?Airesur-l?Adour
Paris
A64
Pau
TV Eurosport and ITV4 12pm. All times BST
2.35
Yarmouth
Handicap (�911: 1m 2f 23y) (10)
R Tate
(2) 0-024 POPPY TIME 56 (BF) J Eustace 4-9-7
J Fanning
(4) 66031 KATEBIRD 15 (D) M Johnston 3-9-6
W Buick
(8) 41-06 MARILYN 50 (C,BF) C Wall 3-9-4
D Probert
(1) 14063 MILLIE'S KISS 6 P McBride 3-9-3
(10) 1-044 THREE DUCHESSES 24 Michael Bell 3-9-2 J P Spencer
16 ENOLA 11 E Dunlop 3-8-13
A Fresu
(7)
H Bentley
(6) 56-03 STARLIGHT CIRCUS 12 (B) M Botti 3-8-12
Jane Elliott (5)
(3) 15-06 ODE TO GLORY 12 Rae Guest 3-8-11
(9) 025-0 BIANCA MINOLA 57 D Menuisier 3-8-10
Josephine Gordon
L Jones
10 (5) 006-5 NAVAJO THUNDER 47 M Appleby 3-8-3
5-2 Katebird, 4-1 Marilyn, 11-2 Three Duchesses, 6-1 Starlight Circus, 7-1
Poppy Time, 8-1 Millie's Kiss, 12-1 Enola, 20-1 others.
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
Rob Wright
2.00 Chatburn
4.20 Cool Team
2.35 Katebird
4.55 Turning Gold
3.10 Saved By The Bell 5.25 Daring Guest
3.45 Omeros
Going: good to firm
Draw: no advantage
At The Races
2.00
Most stages in yellow
Auction Stakes
(2-Y-O: �235: 5f 42y) (5)
D Tudhope
1 (3) 0214 CHATBURN 32 (D) D O'Meara 9-7
1 PRANCEABOOTTHETOON 15 John Ryan 9-7J Osborn (7)
2 (5)
D Keenan (7)
3 (4) 522 HAVEONEYERSELF 21 J Butler 9-2
FYRE CAY K A Ryan 9-0
J P Spencer
4 (2)
FORTUNATE VISION D Brown 8-12 Josephine Gordon
5 (1)
6-4 Chatburn, 3-1 Pranceabootthetoon, 7-2 Haveoneyerself, 9-2 Fyre Cay,
14-1 Fortunate Vision.
3.10
1
2
3
4
Handicap (�911: 1m 6f 17y) (5)
(2) -0000 SAVED BY THE BELL 17 (V,D) D O'Meara 7-9-8 D Tudhope
(5) 16214 BRACKEN BRAE 78 (D,BF) M Tompkins 5-9-7 J Haynes
J Fanning
(4) 60424 DAISY BOY 18 (T) S C Williams 6-9-5
R Tate
(1) 42-36 BURNING HEAT 22J (P) J Eustace 4-9-1
cluding two first-category and one ?beyond-category? climb, is more in the
classic mould. But the Bastille Day
stage, a potentially explosive mountain
race of just 101km and sure to be tactically hard to control, worries him most.
?We?ve seen grand tours shaped by
those kind of stages before,? he said of
Friday?s stage from Saint-Girons to
Foix. ?It really could be decisive. I
wouldn?t be surprised to see Contador
attacking on the very first climb of the
day but I think we?ll be ready for that.?
With three riders ? Fabio Aru, of Astana, Romain Bardet, of AG2R La Mondiale, and Rigoberto Ur醤, of Cannondale Drapac ? within a minute of his
lead, Froome is right to expect trouble
ahead. ?Astana have numbers up there
with Aru and Jakob Fuglsang, so that
could be a card they play,? he said.
?Ur醤 has had a great race. He?s a threat
to the yellow jersey. If he moves, I will
be straight after him. Anybody that
close, I have to consider a threat.?
Yesterday, on a soporific stage
through the Dordogne won at a canter
by Marcel Kittel, Froome sat tight,
protected by his team-mates, with the
Pyrenees foremost in his thinking.
Increasingly, he has the aura of an implacable champion. He has distanced
himself from the furore surrounding
Team Sky?s medical records and the
clouded recollections of general manager Sir Dave Brailsford and in the hothouse of the Tour seems to be the more
at ease of the two.
Attacking Froome again will be a
high-stakes gamble for his pursuers. It
is the fast-fading Contador, once his
rival but now more than five minutes
behind and with nothing to lose, who is
the most likely agent provocateur.
5 (3) 1140- AVENUE DES CHAMPS 412 (P) Jane Chapple-Hyam 5-8-10
Josephine Gordon
5-2 Bracken Brae, Daisy Boy, 4-1 Avenue Des Champs, Burning Heat,
13-2 Saved By The Bell.
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
3.45
Handicap (�246: 1m 1f 21y) (8)
1 (8) 30-02 INTERCONNECTION 54 (P) E Vaughan 6-10-0 H Bentley
D Probert
2 (2) 2-412 ROTHERWICK 23 (T,C,D,BF) P Cole 5-9-10
L Steward
3 (4) 3-625 MIKMAK 41 (P) W Muir 4-9-8
W Buick
4 (1) 221-3 FIRST VOYAGE 28 (P,BF) C Appleby 4-9-8
L Edmunds (5)
5 (7) 36610 BINT DANDY 20 (B,C) C Dwyer 6-9-8
11042
MORNING
SUIT
14
M
Johnston
3-9-3
J
Fanning
6 (3)
J P Spencer
7 (6) 21-32 DUBARA 29 (BF) L Cumani 3-9-1
Josephine Gordon
8 (5) 1-5 OMEROS 28 H Palmer 3-8-12
11-4 First Voyage, 4-1 Morning Suit, 9-2 Dubara, 5-1 Rotherwick,
13-2 Interconnection, 10-1 Omeros, 12-1 Bint Dandy, 14-1 Mikmak.
4.20
Maiden Stakes (3-Y-O: �235: 1m) (13)
BAMO MC Mike Murphy 9-5
A Fresu
1 (4)
2 (13) 2-223 COOL TEAM 26 (T,P,BF) H Palmer 9-5 Josephine Gordon
Results
Cricket
Specsavers County Championship
Division Two
Gloucestershire v Worcestershire
Cheltenham (third day of four): Gloucestershire, with nine second-innings wickets in hand,
are 145 runs ahead of Worcestershire
Gloucestershire: First Innings 383 (J M R Taylor
143, C D J Dent 65, P Mustard 50; E G Barnard 4
for 93)
Second Innings
C T Bancroft c Whiteley b Hastings
22
C D J Dent not out
11
W A Tavare not out
23
Extras (nb 6)
6
Total (1 wkt, 23.3 overs)
62
Fall of wicket: 1-33.
Bowling: Leach 9-4-21-0; Hastings 9.3-4-27-1;
Barnard 3-0-10-0; Tongue 2-1-4-0.
Worcestershire: First Innings 300-9 dec (O B
Cox 124, G H Rhodes 52; K Noema-Barnett 4 for
31)
Umpires: I D Blackwell and R J Evans.
NatWest T20 Blast: North group
Northampton: Abandoned: Northamptonshire v
Yorkshire, 1pt each.
P W L T NR Pts RR
Derbyshire
2 2 0 0 0 4 0.28
Warwickshire
2 2 0 0 0 4 0.25
Yorkshire
3 1 1 0 1 3 1.12
Northamptonshire 3 1 1 0 1 3 0.04
Lancashire
2 1 1 0 0 2 1.17
Leicestershire
1 1 0 0 0 2 -0.25
Worcestershire
1 0 1 0 0 0 -0.45
Nottinghamshire 2 0 2 0 0 0 -1.22
Durham
2 0 2 0 0 0 -1.47
Women?s World Cup
Pakistan v West Indies
Leicester (Pakistan won toss): West Indies
(2pts) beat Pakistan by 19 runs (D/L Method)
West Indies
(Balls)
H K Matthews c and b Iqbal
1 (5)
Kycia A Knight c Nawaz b Iqbal
17 (13)
00 HANNINGFIELD 25 Michael Bell 9-5
L Steward
(8)
J Haynes
(12) -6500 MASONIC 50 R Brisland 9-5
002
UNIT
OF
ASSESSMENT
37
W
Knight
9-5
H Bentley
(6)
W Buick
(1) 5-3 WORKING CLASS 14 P Chapple-Hyam 9-5
00 BRAVE TART 5 M Smith 9-0
S Golam
(9)
6 DELILAH PARK 35 P McBride 9-0
D Probert
(5)
(7) 600-0 I DARE TO DREAM 73 (P) Mrs L Williamson 9-0
Jane Elliott
0- LOVE ME AGAIN 252 C Fellowes 9-0
S Donohoe
10 (2)
05 MISS PACIFIC 18 W Jarvis 9-0
J Fanning
11 (3)
0 POET'S QUEST 126 D Ivory 9-0
L Jones
12(10)
0 SILKEN MOONLIGHT 32 S Dixon 9-0
R P Walsh (7)
13(11)
7-4 Unit Of Assessment, 2-1 Cool Team, 11-4 Working Class, 14-1 Silken
Moonlight, 16-1 Masonic, 20-1 Miss Pacific, 33-1 others.
4.55
1
2
3
4
Handicap (�264: 1m) (10)
R Dawson (7)
(3) 0-020 JACK NEVISON 12 M Appleby 4-10-0
(6) 01P-0 ICE ALERT 12 (T) John Ryan 4-10-0 Josephine Gordon
Doubtful
(10) 63135 KING OSWALD 28 (T,P,CD) J Unett 4-9-13
(4) 145-2 WORLD RECORD 50 (D,BF) Mick Quinn 7-9-8 D Probert
Results and how they stand
Leading positions
Tenth stage (P閞igueux to Bergerac, 178km): 1, M
Kittel (Ger, Quick-Step) 4hr 1min; 2, J Degenkolb
(Ger, Trek); 3, D Groenewegen (Neth, LottoNL);
4, R Selig (Ger, BORA); 5, A Kristoff (Nor,
Katusha); 6, N Bouhanni (Fr, Cofidis); 7, D McLay
(GB, Fortuneo); 8, P Vanspeybrouck (Bel, Wanty);
9, S Colbrelli (It, Bahrain-Merida); 10, E Boasson
Hagen (Nor, Dimension Data) all same time.
Overall: 1, C Froome (GB, Team Sky) 42:27:29;
2, F Aru (It, Astana) at 18sec behind; 3, R Bardet
(Fr, AG2R) 51; 4, R Uran (Col, Cannondale) 55; 5,
J Fuglsang (Den, Astana) 1min 37sec; 6, D Martin
(Ire, Quick-Step) 1:44; 7, S Yates (GB, Orica) 2:02;
8, N Quintana (Col, Movistar) 2:13; 9, M Landa (Sp,
Team Sky) 3:06; 10, G Bennett (NZ, LottoNL) 3:53.
Points: 1, Kittel 275pts; 2, M Matthews (Aus,
Sunweb) 173; 3, A Greipel (Ger, Lotto) 150.
King of the mountains: 1, W Barguil (Fr, Sunweb)
60pts; 2, P Roglic (Slovenia, LottoNL) 30;
3, A Vuillermoz (Fr, AG2R) 27.
Young rider: 1, Yates 42:29:30; 2, L Meintjes (SA, UAE
Team Emirates) at 2:58; 3, P Latour (Fr, AG2R) 3:28.
Team: 1, Team Sky 127:28:25; 2, AG2R at 7:12;
3, Astana 26:17.
5 (2) -0321 TURNING GOLD 6 (B,CD) Sir M Prescott 3-9-8
M Fernandes
H Bentley
6 (5) 0-050 PENNY RED 28 W Knight 3-9-4
00530
DUKES
MEADOW
44
(D)
R
Ingram
6-8-11
Rhiain
Ingram
7 (1)
8 (7) -3230 BREAK THE SILENCE 12 S Dixon 3-8-10 R P Walsh (7)
9 (8) 00-54 TOUCH THE CLOUDS 27 W Stone 6-8-9 L Edmunds (5)
D Keenan (7)
10 (9) 0-000 SEVENTII 25 R Eddery 3-8-3
5-6 Turning Gold, 6-1 Break The Silence, World Record, 16-1 Ice Alert, Jack
Nevison, 25-1 Dukes Meadow, Penny Red, Touch The Clouds, 40-1 Seventii.
5.25
Handicap (�264: 7f) (8)
D Probert
1 (6) 33540 GULLAND ROCK 11 (D,BF) A Carson 6-9-13
S Pearce (3)
2 (4) 400P- MADDYS DREAM 408 L Pearce 4-9-13
R Dawson (7)
3 (3) 01143 MOI AUSSIE 14 (CD) M Appleby 4-9-12
4 (5) 42166 COMMANCHE 95 (B,D) C Dwyer 8-9-10 L Edmunds (5)
5 (2) -1565 DARING GUEST 15 G Margarson 3-9-6 Jane Elliott (5)
S Donohoe
6 (7) 00630 HUMOUR 28 (T,V) Mrs C Dunnett 6-8-9
J Haynes
7 (8) 12310 ALPHA TAURI 12 (D) Charles Smith 11-8-9
8 (1) 0-000 NELLIE'S DANCER 12 (P) S Dixon 3-8-7 Josephine Gordon
11-8 Moi Aussie, 9-2 Daring Guest, Gulland Rock, Nellie's Dancer,
10-1 Commanche, 20-1 Humour, 25-1 Alpha Tauri, Maddys Dream.
Yesterday?s racing results
*S R Taylor c and b Baig
90 (107)
C N Nation b Sandhu
35 (68)
D J S Dottin not out
104 (76)
?M R Aguilleira not out
24 (31)
Extras (b 1, lb 2, w 11)
14
Total (4 wkts, 50 overs)
285
Kyshona A Knight, S F Daley, A S S Fletcher, A
K Peters and A Mohammed did not bat.
Fall of wickets: 1-2, 2-26, 3-113, 4-204.
Bowling: Iqbal 10-0-76-2; Baig 10-0-57-1; Mir
10-0-49-0; Sandhu 10-0-58-1; Yousuf 10-142-0.
Pakistan
(Balls)
Ayesha Zafar c Fletcher b Peters
9 (17)
Nahida Khan b Mohammed
40 (46)
Javeria Khan not out
58 (72)
Iram Javed c Nation b Mohammed
5 (9)
Extras (lb 2, w 3)
5
Total (3 wkts, 24 overs)
117
Nain Abidi, *Sana Mir, ?Sidra Nawaz, Asmavia
Iqbal, Nashra Sandhu, Sadia Yousuf and Diana
Baig did not bat.
Fall of wickets: 1-27, 2-107, 3-117.
Bowling: Dottin 4-0-23-0; Peters 4-0-20-1; Taylor 8-0-29-0; Daley 4-0-22-0; Mohammed 4-021-2.
Umpires: S Redfern and L Rusere.
Tour match
MCC v Afghanistan
Lord?s (MCC won toss): No result
MCC
(Balls)
S R Hain c Ahmadi b Naib
76 (100)
*B B McCullum c Shafiqullah b S Zadran 5 (7)
Misbah-ul-Haq c Shafiqullah b S Zadran 7 (17)
S Chanderpaul retired hurt
22 (43)
S R Patel c D Zadran b Khan
53 (47)
?C M W Read c Shafiqullah b S Zadran 5 (6)
Yasir Shah c Shafiqullah b Naib
10 (12)
G H Dockrell not out
15 (7)
S C Meaker not out
1 (2)
Extras (b 4, lb 2, w 16, nb 1)
23
Total (6 wkts, 40 overs)
217
C Rushworth and T J Murtagh did not bat.
Fall of wickets: 1-6, 2-17, 3-167, 4-180, 5-192,
6-211.
Bowling: S Zadran 8-2-29-3; D Zadran 8-1-50-0;
Naib 6-0-47-2; Nabi 9-0-34-0; Khan 8-0-39-1;
Shenwari 1-0-8-0.
Afghanistan
(Balls)
Javed Ahmadi not out
13 (20)
Noor Ali Zadran b Rushworth
11 (9)
Nasir Jamal not out
4 (1)
Extras (w 3)
3
Total (1 wkt, 5 overs)
31
Mohammad Nabi, Samiullah Shenwari, Rashid
Khan, Gulbadin Naib, Dawlat Zadran, Shapoor
Zadran, *Asghar Stanikzai and ?Shafiqullah did
not bat.
Fall of wicket: 1-14.
Bowling: Rushworth 3-0-18-1; Murtagh 2-0-14-0.
Umpires: S D Fry (Australia) and S Ravi (India).
Football
Champions League: Second qualifying round,
first leg: Hibernians 0 Red Bull Salzburg 3;
Qarabag 5 Samtredia 0; Partizan Belgrade 2 Buducnost Podgorica 0; Rijeka 2 The New Saints 0.
Friendly matches: Alfreton Town 0 Sheffield
Wednesday 5; Arbroath 1 Bolton 2; Barrow 1
Motherwell 0; Brackley 2 Shrewsbury 1; Dartford 1 Gillingham 2; Folkestone Invicta 2 Millwall
2; Nuneaton 3 Peterborough 5; Valenciennes 3
Coventry 2; Union Berlin 1 Birmingham 0.
Fixtures
Cricket
NatWest T20 Blast: South group: Hove: Sussex
v Hampshire (6.30).
Specsavers County Championship: Division
Two: Cheltenham: Final day of four (11.0; 80
overs minimum): Gloucestershire v Worcestershire.
Women?s World Cup (10.30): Bristol: Australia
v India. Derby: England v New Zealand. Taunton: South Africa v Sri Lanka.
Tennis
Wimbledon: All England Championships.
Pontefract
Going: good to soft (good in places)
2.10 (6f) 1, Areen Faisal (P Makin, 5-1); 2, The
Love Doctor (4-1); 3, Another Day Of Sun
(5-2 fav). 6 ran. NR: Shaheen. 1Nl, 4Kl. R A
Fahey.
2.40 (5f 3yd) 1, Sheepscar Lad (S De Sousa,
5-4 fav); 2, Lawless Louis (13-2); 3, Lightoller
(7-1). 7 ran. NR: The Nazca Lines. 2Kl, 2l. N
Tinkler.
3.10 (1m 6yd) 1, Lincoln Rocks (D Tudhope,
14-1); 2, Dawn Of Hope (6-4 fav); 3, Pirouette
(3-1). 7 ran. NR: Crowning Glory. Nk, 1l. D
O?Meara.
3.40 (6f) 1, Robero (S De Sousa, 7-2 fav); 2, Mishaal (25-1); 3, Magical Effect (13-2). 10 ran. NR:
Tavener. 2l, nk. M W Easterby.
4.10 (1m 2f 5yd) 1, Walton Street (James
Doyle, 15-8); 2, Roddy (9-1); 3, Precision
(7-4 fav). 6 ran. NR: Love Conquers. 1l, l. C
Appleby.
4.40 (1m 6yd) 1, Edgar Allan Poe (D Tudhope,
15-8); 2, Golconda Prince (6-4 fav); 3, Kilbaha
Lady (7-1). 6 ran. NR: Channel Packet, Mont
Royal. 2l, 5l. Rebecca Bastiman.
5.10 (1m 2f 5yd) 1, Mysterial (Ger O?Neill,
12-1); 2, Canberra Cliffs (9-4 fav); 3, Hernandoshideaway (7-2). 8 ran. NR: Celtic Artisan,
Desert Ruler, Viewpoint. Nk, 11l. D Carroll.
Placepot: �0.80.
Quadpot: �.20.
Wolverhampton
Going: standard
1.55 (6f 20yd) 1, Bogsnog (J Garritty, 5-1);
2, Tooty Fruitti (9-2); 3, Mythical Spirit (4-1
jt-fav). 9 ran. NR: Classic Flyer, Diamond Vine,
Tisa River, Zig Zag Girl. Hd, Ol. Mrs R Carr.
2.25 (6f 20yd) 1, Favourite Treat (J Garritty, 6-4
fav); 2, Elusivity (14-1); 3, Pushkin Museum
(11-4). 5 ran. NR: Dream Ally, Glam?selle, Louis
Vee, Noah Amor. 3l, 1l. Mrs R Carr.
2.55 (7f 36yd) 1, Mrs Teasdale (L Morris, 4-1);
2, Oswald (11-2); 3, Danzan (9-4 jt-fav). 11 ran.
Hd, l. Archie Watson.
3.25 (7f 36yd) 1, Bell Heather (Connor Murtagh,
10-1); 2, Loveatfirstsight (15-2); 3, Oakley
Pride (11-1). 11 ran. NR: Keene?s Pointe. Hd, 2l.
P Morris.
3.55 (7f 36yd) 1, Beadlam (T Hamilton, 33-1); 2,
Bruny Island (Evens fav); 3, Satchville Flyer
(7-1). 12 ran. Nk, 4l. Roger Fell.
4.25 (7f 36yd) 1, The Yellow Bus (Darragh Keenan, 16-1); 2, Energia Flavio (22-1); 3, Beauden
Barrett (25-1). 12 ran. l, l. J Butler.
4.55 (1m 1f 104yd) 1, Glittering Jewel (W Buick,
1-9 fav); 2, Alfa Queen (80-1); 3, Jafetica (9-2).
7 ran. 4l, 3Nl. C Appleby.
5.25 (1m 4f 51yd) 1, Royal Reserve (Josh Doyle,
22-1); 2, Our Boy (9-1); 3, Waterville Dancer
(8-1). 11 ran. NR: Gabrial The Duke. l, 1l. D
O?Meara.
Placepot: �5.50.
Quadpot: �5.40.
Brighton
Going: good to firm (watered)
5.45 (6f 210yd) 1, Wildnightinvegas (Tom Marquand, 7-1); 2, Jazirat (7-4 fav); 3, Jo?s Girl
(12-1). 9 ran. NR: Go Bananas. Ol, 2Ol. R Hannon.
6.15 (5f 215yd) 1, Wild Flower (K T O?Neill, 6-4
fav); 2, Justice Rock (10-3); 3, Picansort (8-1).
6 ran. NR: Deben. 1l, nk. J C Fox.
6.45 (6f 210yd) 1, Andalusite (F Sweeney, 6-1);
2, One Big Surprise (7-4 fav); 3, Chica De La Noche (2-1). 5 ran. NR: Characterized, Circulate,
The Stalking Moon. l, 3l. J Gallagher.
7.15 (1m 3f 198yd) 1, Pacharana (L Morris,
7-2); 2, New World Power (11-8 fav); 3, Hepplewhite (9-2). 5 ran. NR: Wapping. Hd, 8l. L M Cumani.
7.45 (7f 211yd) 1, Luxford (M Dwyer, 9-4 fav); 2,
Chough (13-2); 3, Lawfilly (7-2). 8 ran. NR: Alketios, Hellarious, Kelpie Spirit, Limerick Lord.
l, 4l. J R Best.
8.15 (6f 210yd) 1, Tigerfish (Joshua Bryan,
9-2); 2, Fair Selene (11-4); 3, Bradfield
Magic (25-1). 8 ran. NR: Miss Mirabeau. 1l, 1.
W Stone.
8.45 (5f 215yd) 1, Delfie Lane (Finley Marsh,
6-4); 2, Maazel (11-8 fav); 3, Whiteley (7-2). 4
ran. NR: Miss Icon. l, 2. R Hughes.
Placepot: �.10.
Quadpot: �70.
Uttoxeter
Going: good (good to soft in places)
6.05 (1m 7f 168yd hdle) 1, Bridane Rebel (David
Noonan, 33-1); 2, Comanche Chieftain (4-5 fav);
3, Forever My Friend (5-4). 5 ran. Hd, 26l. Jennie
Candlish.
6.35 (2m 4f ch) 1, Bestwork (Aidan Coleman,
13-2); 2, Skilled (11-2); 3, Champayne Ginger
(5-6 fav). 8 ran. NR: Civitesses, Mahler Bay, Miami Present, Midnight Gypsy. 3Kl, 6l. C E Longsdon.
7.05 (2m 6f 45yd hdle) 1, Ahead of The
Curve (James Corbett, 5-4 fav); 2, Cintex
(4-1); 3, Night At Tara (3-1). 9 ran. 5l, 28l. S Corbett.
7.35 (1m 7f 214yd ch) 1, Red Riverman (Sam
Twiston-Davies, 7-4 fav); 2, Solar Impulse
(3-1); 3, The Yank (7-1). 5 ran. NR: Avidity,
Royal Plaza. 6l, 2. N A Twiston-Davies.
8.05 (2m 3f 207yd hdle) 1, Tsundoku (R P
McLernon, 22-1); 2, Sue Be It (20-1); 3, Lady Of
Longstone (6-1). 7 ran. NR: River Icon. 5l, l. A
Dunn.
8.35 (2m 7f 70yd hdle) 1, Terry The Fish (Aidan
Coleman, 11-8 fav); 2, Lime Street (7-2); 3, Gran
Maestro (8-1). 10 ran. NR: Lord Topper, Mighty
Missile. 5l, 4l. Jonjo O?Neill.
9.05 (1m 7f 168yd hdle) 1, Defining Year
(Harry Skelton, 6-5 fav); 2, Sky of Stars (11-4);
3, Anton Dolin (12-1). 9 ran. NR: Alyasan, Fauve,
Mileva Roller. 7l, 12l. D Skelton.
Placepot: �2.60.
Quadpot: �2.90.
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Gemili misses out
on 200m place as
?next Bolt? gets nod
Ron Lewis Athletics Correspondent
Adam Gemili must hate World Championship years. Two seasons ago, he
was sitting in the stands in Beijing after
a hamstring injury ruined what had
begun as the best season of his career.
Yesterday, he was told that he would not
be running for Great Britain in the 200
metres at the World Championships in
his home city next month.
Zharnel Hughes, a training partner
of Usain Bolt who finished fifth in
Beijing and holds the 100m record for
the prestigious Jamaican schools?
championship, was handed the third
and final Great Britain spot in the
event, leaving Gemili, who missed out
on an Olympic medal last year by three
one-thousandths of a second, with only
a place in the 4x100m relay squad.
Once again a leg injury had struck at
the worst possible moment. Gemili, 23,
had trailed in sixth in the British trials
nine days ago, two places behind
Hughes, as Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake
and Danny Talbot sealed the two automatic places. At the weekend he
withdrew from the M黮ler Anniversary
Games, saying that he was seeing a specialist and the race was a week too early
for him. The British selectors could
have delayed their final decision until
July 24, but instead went for Hughes.
?We felt that the right thing to do at
this stage was to choose Zharnel based
on position in trials and performances
generally,? Neil Black, the British
Athletics performance director, said. ?I
have probably spoken to Adam every
day for the last week and regularly
before that. Obviously it?s a huge disappointment for Adam but he will deal
with it as he always does, professionally
and appropriately.?
Any decision was going to leave
someone disappointed. Britain has
more strength in depth in the 200m
than any other event and all three
British runners in London will believe
that they can win a medal, particularly
as Bolt?s decision not to run in the event
means that someone else will be outdoors global 200m champion for the
first time in a decade.
?The men?s 200m probably is the
event at which we have the highest
quality, with a number of athletes capable of competing at the highest level,
making a final and potentially competing for medals,? Black said. ?In the circumstances we chose Zharnel ahead of
GB World Championship squad
Men
100m Reece
Prescod, James
Dasaolu, CJ Ujah
200m Nethaneel
Mitchell-Blake,
Danny Talbot,
Zharnel Hughes
400m
Matt Hudson-Smith,
Dwayne Cowan,
Martyn Rooney
800m Elliot Giles,
Guy Learmonth,
Kyle Langford
1,500m
Chris O?Hare, Josh
Kerr, Jake Wightman
5,000m Mo Farah,
Andrew Butchart
10,000m Mo Farah
3,000m
steeplechase Rob
Mullett, Zak Seddon
110m hurdles
Andrew Pozzi,
David King,
David Omoregie
400m hurdles
Jack Green
High jump
Robbie Grabarz
Long jump
Greg Rutherford
Triple jump
Nathan Fox
Hammer Nick Miller
Decathlon
Ashley Bryant
20km race walk
Tom Bosworth,
Callum Wilkinson
50km race walk
Dominic King
Marathon Callum
Hawkins, Josh
Griffiths, Andrew
Davies
4x100m relay
CJ Ujah, Nethaneel
Mitchell-Blake,
Danny Talbot,
Zharnel Hughes,
Adam Gemili,
Harry AikinesAryeetey, Richard
Kilty, Reece Prescod
4x400m relay
Matt Hudson-Smith,
Dwayne Cowan,
Martyn Rooney,
Delano Williams,
Rabah Yousif,
Jack Green,
Cameron Chalmers
Women
100m Asha Philip,
Daryll Neita,
Desir鑕 Henry
200m
Shannon Hylton,
Bianca Williams,
Dina Asher-Smith
400m Zoey Clark,
Emily Diamond,
Anyika Onuora
800m Shelayna
Oskan-Clarke, Adelle
Tracey, Lynsey Sharp
1,500m Laura Muir,
Laura Weightman,
Jessica Judd, Sarah
McDonald
5,000m Steph Twell,
Eilish McColgan,
Laura Muir
10,000m
Beth Potter,
Jessica Martin,
Charlotte Taylor
3,000m
steeplechase
Rosie Clarke
100m hurdles
Tiffany Porter
400m hurdles
Eilidh Doyle
High jump Morgan
Lake, Katarina
Johnson-Thompson
Pole vault
Holly Bradshaw
Long jump
Lorraine Ugen
Discus Jade Lally
Hammer
Sophie Hitchon
Heptathlon Katarina
Johnson-Thompson
20km race walk
Gemma Bridge,
Bethan Davies
Marathon
Alyson Dixon,
Charlotte Purdue,
Tracy Barlow
4x100m relay
Asha Philip, Daryll
Neita, Desir鑕 Henry,
Dina Asher-Smith,
Shannon Hylton,
Bianca Williams,
Corinne Humphreys
4x400m relay
Zoey Clark, Emily
Diamond, Anyika
Onuora, Eilidh Doyle,
Laviai Nielsen,
Perri ShakesDrayton
Adam. But Adam is a critical member of
the men?s 4x100m relay team.?
Gemili is not the only British athlete
struggling with injury. Greg Rutherford
was picked to defend his world long
jump title in the stadium where he won
Olympic gold in 2012, despite his participation being far from certain
because of an ankle injury.
Dina Asher-Smith was selected in
the women?s 200m as she searches for
fitness and form after breaking a bone
in her foot in February. There were fewer doubts about Laura Muir, though,
who returned from a foot injury of her
own to record personal bests over
800m and a mile in the past week. She
was granted her wish of being selected
for both the 1,500m and 5,000m, despite not having run the latter event
outdoors since 2013.
Few have had a bigger battle with
injury in recent years than Perri
Shakes-Drayton, who was picked for
the women?s 4x400 metres relay squad,
her first call-up for a national team
since she suffered a serious knee injury
in the final of the 400m hurdles at the
2013 World Championships.
?Perri is an amazing competitor,?
Black said. ?She has worked tirelessly
over the last three to four years to put
herself back into contention.?
The biggest name missing was Christine Ohuruogu, the former Olympic
and double world 400m champion. The
33-year-old failed to make the final at
the 400m trials and was not picked for
the relay team. Black, though, is keen
for her to play a part in London.
?Christine is very happy to try and
support the younger, new members and
team in any way that we would think is
positive,? Black said.
More names are expected to be
added to the 78-strong team before the
final deadline of July 24, if athletes can
achieve qualifying standards in events
where Britain has not selected three
athletes or receive host nation wildcards from the IAAF.
Black says that he believes Britain
can match the seven athletics medals
that were won in Rio last year and
Beijing in 2015, even though Mo Farah,
in the 5,000m and 10,000m, looks like
the only gold medal banker. ?I don?t
think we should be anything other than
optimistic,? Black said. ?Historically the
trend is one of reduced performances in
[post-Olympic] year, so we?re trying to
buck the trend.?
London hopeful dies in training accident
Ron Lewis Athletics Correspondent
An athlete preparing for the World
Para Athletic Championships that start
on Friday died in a training accident in
east London yesterday.
Abdullah Hayayei, 36, from the
United Arab Emirates, was training at
the Newham Leisure Centre when the
incident took place. Emergency
services were called shortly after 5pm
and ambulances and the air ambulance
arrived, but Hayayei was pronounced
dead at the scene.
He had been due to compete at the
London Stadium in the discus, javelin
and shot put in the F34 class, a category
for athletes suffering from cerebral
palsy who use a throwing frame to
compete.
?We are all truly devastated by this
tragic news and the passing of
Abdullah,? Sir Philip Craven, the International Paralympic Committee president, said. ?The thoughts, prayers and
condolences of the whole Paralympic
movement are with Abdullah?s family,
friends and team-mates as well as the
whole of the National Paralympic
Committee of the UAE. We are all in a
state of shock at this terrible tragedy.?
Last September, Hayayei made his
Paralympic debut in Rio de Janeiro,
finishing sixth in the javelin F34 and
seventh in shot put F34. A minute?s
silence will be held in his honour during
Friday evening?s opening ceremony at
the London Stadium.
?Our thoughts and prayers are with
all of Abdullah?s family and team-mates
at what is undoubtedly a very difficult
time for them,? Ed Warner, co-chair of
London 2017, said.
?We will be working closely with all
the competitors and teams over the
days ahead to offer support wherever it
is needed.?
Chelsey Gotell, the chairperson of
the IPC Athletes? Council, said that she
was ?devastated to hear about the passing? of Hayayei.
?Records are
Laura Muir has potential
to set world leading times
but the Scot?s priority is
getting on the podium,
writes Rick Broadbent
Laura Muir knows all about rats. She
has had six in total and is quick to praise
their intelligence and loyalty. ?Call
their name and they will come running,? she says. This Scottish student
vet is undoubtedly different from the
normal athletics elite, but in a sport demeaned by cheats and lab rats, her
graduation may be timely.
She may not yet be a household
name, but that could be about to
change. Athletics will hope it does
because few sports need a new star
quite like this one. Jessica Ennis-Hill,
Britain?s face of 2012, has retired. Usain
Bolt, the man who suspended the
world?s disbelief with his slacker shtick,
is heading to his last global turn, at the
World Championships in London next
month. Beyond lies a vista of suspicion
and shot credibility, while sagacious
domestic coaches damned the recent
national championships as the worst
anyone could remember.
Muir is the softly-spoken big noise
who could help stop the bleeding. She
decided at the age of ten that she
wanted to help animals and their owners. In London, she might also help her
sport into better health.
Just how good this 24-year-old is has
been clouded by her sport?s dodgy past.
Her best 1,500m time of 3 min 55.2 sec
makes her the 13th fastest woman in
history. It is not mere cynicism that
means some might look at that list and
suggest her times should put her higher
up the rankings.
In London, while Bolt limits himself
to only one event as he manages his decline, Muir wants to do the 1,500m and
5,000m double. She has raced the latter
distance only twice, but has already
broken Liz McColgan?s 25-year-old indoor record. Naturally modest, she
squirms as her coach, Andy Young, explains how good she can be. ?I think you
could run a world class anything,? he
says. ?You could medal at global level at
some point in anything from 800 metres to marathon.?
It is some claim, given that Muir?s biggest haul so far is the double gold from
this year?s European Indoor Championships. However, the progress and
plethora of records mean that is not
bravado. The most significant mark was
taking Dame Kelly Holmes?s British
1,500m record in London last summer.
The
Olympics
proved
a
disappointment, when she gambled on
gold and went with a devastating third
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TIMES PHOTOGRAPHER BRADLEY ORMESHER
World
Athletics
Championships
2017
London
August 4-13
great, but I want medals?
Muir?s achievements
Personal bests
800 metres 1 min 58.69 sec
(Lausanne, 2017)
1,000 metres 2:31.93 European
indoor record (Birmingham, 2017)
1,500 metres 3:55.22 British record
(Paris, 2016)
3,000 metres 8:26.41 European
indoor record (Karlsruhe, 2017)
Senior medals
2017 European Indoor
Championships
1,500 metres Gold
3,000 metres Gold
lete. It?s why I have to say I want to be
the best athlete I can be ? because
you can?t control what anyone else
does. I know how hard I train. Really,
only you can know.?
Young believes athletics suffers
from taking its problems seriously.
?Obviously, when coaches are getting caught with stuff I am not jumping up and down defending them, butt
I think the number of cases show the
sport is making an effort,? he said. ?II
think it?s a lot cleaner than four years
ago and is perhaps tackling it a lot
more than other sports.?
Studying helps. Muir says she had
a day off after the Olympics beforee
doing a placement at a
dog?s trust. She has ruled
out the Commonwealth Games in Australia
in
April
b
because
she will be
well into her final
year.
?Athletics is going
to take priority
because it?s a short
career but I would
l
like
to do some vet
w
work
part-time or in a
voluntary role. I want to
use my knowledge.?
She wanted to be a
v not a runner. She
vet
has never met Dame
Kelly but is thrilled that
h parents got her a
her
s
signed
photograph of
Sir David Attenborough
f Christmas. She talks
for
a
about
her pets with a passion. ?My mum got bitt by a hamster when
ten
s was young and said
she
a
anything
but that. I used
t go to a pet shop near
to
high school. There was a
rat there and I fell in love
with it. By the weekend I
The Scot will try to double
up in London next month
Golf
John Westerby
One of the longest standing management relationships in golf has come to
an end with Lee Westwood splitting
from Andrew ?Chubby? Chandler. A
spokesman for International Sports
Management, Chandler?s Cheshirebased company, confirmed last night
that the former world No 1, now ranked
No 57, had brought an alliance stretching back 24 years to an end.
Westwood was one of the first signings when Chandler, a former European Tour professional, set up his agency. At present, his stable includes
Danny Willett, Louis Oosthuizen and
Darren Clarke, the Ryder Cup captain
last year, but Westwood?s switch comes
soon after Matt Fitzpatrick left ISM,
while Rory McIlroy split from Chandler
six years ago.
Chandler has interests beyond golf,
managing a high-profile group of cricketers, including the England players Joe
Root, Ben Stokes and Stuart Broad.
Westwood, 44, finished tied for
second behind Willett at the Masters
last year and was one of Clarke?s three
wild-card picks for the Ryder Cup. He is
enjoying a consistent rather than spectacular season, finishing tied for tenth
at the recent French Open, but he remains a highly attractive asset for a
management company as he is likely to
be a Ryder Cup captain in the future.
He is now expected to join IMG,
whose clients include Henrik Stenson,
the Open champion last year, who will
defend his title at Royal Birkdale next
week.
Muir says that
she always
wanted to be
a vet rather
than a runner
lap from Tirunesh Dibaba before fading to seventh, but she ran her personal
best the following week in Paris and
ended 2016 with the year?s fastest time
in the world.
?In Rio I thought if someone makes a
break I am going with it because if I
don?t then the gold is gone,? she says.
?The third lap just took the legs off me
but I was proud I gave it all I could.
Times are great but medals say with
you forever.?
She had been disappointed before, an
anticipated medal at the 2014
Commonwealth Games in Glasgow
undone when she was tripped from
behind. ?Rio was a setback but I could
accept it. The Commonwealth Games
were harder. I was absolutely devastated and then I took that into the European Championships where I raced
really badly and didn?t even get into the
final. Mentally, I wasn?t there. What
happened in Glasgow was innocent, a
clipped heel. That?s the 1,500 ? it?s
always scrappy and messy.?
Scrappy and messy, but not always
innocent. The 2012 Olympic final took
over the mantle of ?dirtiest race in
history? from Ben Johnson?s 100m
scandal ? six of the first nine finishers
have been linked to doping, with four
serving suspensions. Young is optimistic the event is much cleaner now and
Muir says her way of coping is blinkers.
?It?s hard but I know I am a clean ath-
Westwood and
manager split
after 24 years
had the cage and kit. They are very
sweet animals.?
Muir is far tougher than she looks but
she admits she used to let the pressure
get to her. She saw a psychologist in
2014 but says it didn?t help and, instead,
trusted her science background. ?It?s
easy to get wrapped up in it all. Running
can be such high pressure. I got so nervous that it took the enjoyment away. I
told myself to enjoy it and consciously
flicked a mental switch.?
This year a minor foot injury needed
MRI scans and two weeks off, but she
did two pool sessions a day and saw the
physio four times a week. ?I am in that
sort of shape,? she says of her 3 min
55 sec mark. ?I think I?ll be able to replicate that sort of performance.? The
question is, where and when.
By 2013 Young knew he had something special at the university running
club. Hence the text to his friend in
which he declared he had found ?the
next Paula Radcliffe/Kelly Holmes?. He
asked Scottish Athletics for a heart
monitor because Muir was so raw but so
good that he wanted to record the improvements.
?They had no money,? he said. Now,
he says that she regularly knocks off
training half marathons at Olympic
marathon pace. As a World Championships looms and Britain seeks new heroes, the vet may be just what the doctor ordered.
Hearn closes
in on Joshua
rematch deal
Boxing
Ron Lewis
On the day that Anthony Joshua?s
promoter flew to Las Vegas to conclude
a deal for a world heavyweight title
rematch with Wladimir Klitschko
there, Hughie Fury was contemplating
challenging for a rival version of the
title in his home city.
Eddie Hearn travelled to Vegas with
Freddie Cunningham, Joshua?s manager, and Frank Smith, Matchroom?s head
of boxing, for talks with senior management at MGM Resorts about staging
the World Boxing Association and
International Boxing Federation
heavyweight title fight at the T-Mobile
Arena in the city on November 11 or 18.
While Klitschko has yet to trigger the
rematch clause in his contract after
their thrilling clash at Wembley
Stadium in April, Hearn believes he
wants the chance for a final fight in Las
Vegas ? where he last boxed in 2004.
An announcement about the bout is
expected within a fortnight, with
Joshua set to face Kubrat Pulev, the
IBF?s mandatory contender from
Bulgaria, in Cardiff on October 28
should Klitschko turn it down.
Fury had expected to get his shot at
the World Boxing Organisation heavyweight title, which was held by his
cousin Tyson until nine months ago, in
New Zealand. But, after a back injury
caused him to pull out of his challenge
against Joseph Parker in Auckland in
May, he will now get his chance against
the same opponent at Manchester
Arena on September 23.
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Sport Football
City?s transfer
plans dented as
Alves joins PSG
Oliver Kay
Chief Football Correspondent
Nicolas Anelka
1998-99
17 goals, 35 apps
Davor Suker
1999-2000
8 goals, 22 apps
Francis Jeffers
2001-03
4 goals, 22 apps
George Caulkin
Leicester City won the Premier League
title in 2015-16 with a smaller wage bill
than relegated Aston Villa, a new
report has revealed.
The Deloitte Annual Review of Football Finance states that, with a nine per
cent increase in Premier League revenue to a record �6 billion, each club
generated an average of �2 million in
the 2015-16 campaign, more than managed by the entire top flight in 1991-92
? the season before the formation of
the Premier League.
Leicester?s unexpected triumph was
all the more astounding given their
wage bill of �m ? less than a third of
Manchester United?s �1m and
comfortably below the Premier League
average of �4m.
Seven clubs had a wages-to-revenue
ratio in excess of 70 per cent, the traditional warning threshold used by Uefa
as part of their Financial Fair Play Regulations. At 88 per cent, Villa?s was the
highest, but they still finished bottom.
Bournemouth and Watford, who had
been promoted the previous season,
stayed up despite recording the lowest
wage costs.
In the Championship, revenues
increased to �6m. They have risen by
74 per cent in the past decade.
Jos� Antonio Reyes
2003-06
16 goals, 69 apps
J鷏io Baptista
2006-07
3 goals, 24 apps
Eduardo
2007-10
6 goals, 41 apps
Park Chu-young
2011-12
0 goals, 1 app
Lukas Podolski
2012-15
19 goals, 60 apps
Lucas P閞ez
2016-17
1 goal, 11 apps
How top-flight wages compare
for more success than some of his
predecessors in the traditional
striker?s jersey, as their league
scoring stats show above. Arsenal
have two matches in Australia
before friendlies against Chelsea
and Bayern Munich in China.
Oliver Kay
A summer of great encouragementt
for England at youth level continues
with another semi-final appearancee
this evening. Victory over the Czech
Republic in Tbilisi would keep
England on course for their first
European Under-19 Championship triumph and strengthen the
quiet optimism that there could
be a brighter future unfolding.
In addition to winning the
Under-20 World Cup this
summer, England have
already reached the European final at
under-17 level and the semi-finals at
under-21 level. Less was expected of
the under-19 squad, since several of
t more established players in that
the
age group had already played in the
Under-20 World Cup instead,
and others such as Tom
Davies, Reece Oxford
and Trent AlexanderArnold were not
available, but they
q
qualified
for the
Brereton has been a
stand-out performer
Women to get equal pay
George Caulkin
Lewes have become the first professional or semi-professional club in the
world to pay their female players the
same as their men, with the supporterowned side saying that the change is
?just the right thing to do.?
Announcing the formation of Equality FC, Lewes?s campaign to raise
awareness of gender inequality in football, the club confirmed that they will
set playing budgets at an equal level for
their men?s and women?s teams.
Lewes Ladies play in the Premier
League Southern Division ? the third
tier of the women?s game in England.
The men compete in Ryman League
South, four levels below the Football
League.
?We believe that there should be a
level playing field for women in foot-
ball,? Jacquie Agnew, a Lewes director,
said. ?We hope to spark a change across
the UK that will help put an end to the
excuses for such a deep pay disparity.?
Darren Freeman?s men?s team had an
average league crowd of 474 last season.
?Parity means giving everyone the
same opportunity and getting the
same rewards,? the manager said.
Lewes will pay for this
arrangement through donors,
sponsorship, and by encouraging a broadening of their ownership.
?This sends a powerful signal to the whole UK football
community
that
women?s football
deserves an equal
t men?
? ?
voice and support to
men?s,?
John Donoghue, the Lewes Ladies manager, said.
semi-finals in style with a 4-1 victory
over Germany on Sunday.
?We have taken every game as a cup
final, so I don?t think the mentality will
change,? Keith Downing, the coach,
said yesterday. ?We?ve achieved nothing. We?re just over the first stage and
we?ve got to finish the job. We?re very
confident going into the semi-final.?
England?s stand-out performers have
been Ryan Sessegnon, of Fulham, and
Ben Brereton, of Nottingham Forest,
both of whom scored twice against
Germany. This evening they will be
without Trevoh Chalobah, who has
flown home to be examined by Chelsea
after damaging knee ligaments in Sunday?s victory. Darnell Johnson, of
Leicester City, will take Chalobah?s
place in central defence. Andre Dozzell,
the Ipswich Town midfielder, will face a
fitness test this afternoon, with Josh
Dasilva on standby to deputise as England look to secure a place in Saturday?s final against Portugal or Holland.
England Under-19 (probable 4-3-3): A Ramsdale
Bournemouth ? D Sterling Chelsea, D Johnson
Leicester, E Suliman Aston Villa, Jay DaSilva Chelsea
? M Mount Chelsea, A Dozzell Ipswich, A Edun Fulham
? I Buckley-Ricketts Manchester City, B Brereton
Nottingham Forest, R Sessegnon Fulham.
TV: Eurosport 2, kick-off: 5pm
Barkley not in Everton squad
Nick Szczepanik
Ross Barkley was not part of the
Everton squad that flew to Tanzania
yesterday to play a pre-season
friendly, sparking further specul
lation
about his future at the
club.
Everton said that the midfielder
stayed behind to receive treatment for a groin injury, despite
being seen training
w
with
the squad in the
past few days. Barkley is in the
l year of his contract at Goodlast
ison Park and is stalling on signing a new contract.
Ronald Koeman, the
Everton manager, has
Barkley has been slow
to sign a new contract
said that he should be sold if he is not
prepared to sign. Wayne Rooney will
make his first appearance back in an
Everton shirt in the game against Gor
Mahia, of Kenya, tomorrow.
Michael Carrick has been confirmed
as the new captain of Manchester
United after Rooney?s departure.
United are close to offloading Adnan
Januzaj to Real Sociedad for �8 million. The 22-year-old is expected to
have a medical today after being left out
of the club?s pre-season tour to
America.
West Ham United are keen to take
Joe Hart on loan, with Manchester City
still paying a large percentage of the
England goalkeeper?s �0,000-perweek wages.
Tottenham are hoping to cut their
losses on Moussa Sissoko by sending
the midfield player to Marseilles.
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for a fee that could reach a club
record of � million. He has
chosen the No 9 shirt and will hope
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Manchester City suffered a serious
blow in the transfer market last night
when Dani Alves rejected their offer to
instead join Paris Saint-Germain.
Alves had been one of Pep Guardiola?s principal targets this summer,
having played under the City manager
at Barcelona. Two weeks after terminating his contract with Juventus, however, the 34-year-old full back made the
surprising move to complete a free
transfer to the French club instead.
City made two early breakthroughs
in the transfer market this summer,
signing Ederson Moraes and Bernardo
Silva from Benfica and Monaco respectively for a combined outlay of � million, but they have encountered frustrations elsewhere. Guardiola wanted
four new full backs after the departures
of Pablo Zabaleta, Bacary Sagna and
Ga雔 Clichy, but is yet to sign one before
their pre-season tour to United States,
which begins on Monday.
Guardiola had hoped to sign Alves
and Kyle Walker, the Tottenham Hotspur defender, to compete for the rightback position, with Benjamin Mendy, of
Monaco, and Ryan Bertrand, of Southampton, among his targets for the left
side. Rejection by Alves will heighten
City?s desperation to sign Walker,
strengthening Tottenham?s negotiating
position over the England full back.
Tottenham have so far resisted City?s
efforts to sign Walker, indicating that
they will not do business for less than
�m. City had backed off in the short
term, feeling that this was an exorbitant
valuation for a 27-year-old defender,
but their urgency will increase in light
of PSG?s capture of Alves.
City have made clear their interest in
at least two left backs, but they are encountering resistance from Monaco
and Southampton over Mendy and
Bertrand. Monaco?s position on Mendy
is that they will not sell unless they
receive an ?exceptional? offer, which is
also their stance on Tiemou�
Bakayoko, a target for Chelsea and
Manchester United, Thomas Lemar,
who is wanted by Arsenal, and the highly coveted Kylian Mbapp�.
Guardiola hopes to take advantage of
Alexis S醤chez?s unrest at Arsenal,
where he is in the final year of his contract and has so far given little indication that he will sign a new deal. Ars鑞e
Wenger maintained yesterday that he
expects the Chile forward to stay at the
London club this summer. Wenger said
S醤chez had expressed no desire to
leave Arsenal, adding: ?The players
have contracts and we expect them to
respect contracts.?
Bayern Munich had also shown interest in S醤chez, but they concluded
that he was too expensive and instead
moved on to other targets, completing
the signing of James Rodr韌uez, the
Colombia forward, yesterday on a twoyear loan from Real Madrid. Mbapp�,
18, remains a serious target for Real this
summer.
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?Punish clubs who
defy Rooney Rule?
Campaigners want Football League
clubs to face sanctions if they fail to interview black, Asian and minority ethnic candidates for coaching jobs.
Lord Ouseley, chairman of Kick It
Out, called the lack of BAME representation ?shameful?. The so-called
?Rooney Rule? states that EFL clubs
must include at least one black or
minority ethnic candidate on the interview shortlist for an academy post. Ten
clubs extended that to first-team roles.
Of those ten, Birmingham City,
Chesterfield, Coventry City and Wolverhampton Wanderers changed manager last season, with eight changes
altogether, but on only two of those
occasions was the rule put into effect.
?The professional game, and parts of
the grassroots game, require root-andbranch reform,? Ouseley said.
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CLIVE MASON/GETTY IMAGES
Formula One
Former tracks out of favour
Rebecca Clancy Motor Racing Reporter
Silverstone?s owners has been accused
of ?posturing? after formally triggering
a break clause in its contract to host the
British Grand Prix.
The British Racing Drivers? Club
(BRDC), which owns the track, said it
was no longer financially viable to host
the race under the present deal and
hopes to broker better terms. Unless a
new deal can be reached with Liberty
Media, the owners of Formula One, the
2019 British Grand Prix will be the last
held at the Northamptonshire track.
The announcement comes just five
days before this year?s British Grand
Prix.
Under the present deal, the BRDC
had to trigger the break clause before
the start of the race weekend. But
Liberty Media said it had offered to
extend the deadline so that the focus
would be solely on the racing and
criticised the BRDC for triggering the
break clause this week.
?The week leading up to the British
Grand Prix, should be a week of great
celebration for F1 and Silverstone,? an
F1 spokesman said. ?We deeply regret
that Silverstone has chosen instead to
use this week to posture and position
themselves and invoke a break clause
that will take effect in three years? time.
?Regretfully the Silverstone management has chosen to look for a shortterm advantage to benefit their position.?
In what appeared to be a further
criticism of Silverstone?s owner, Liberty
Media insisted all negotiations would
be done in ?private? after the BRDC
held a press conference to announce its
decision to halt the contract.
John Grant, chairman of the BRDC,
defended the decision to make the announcement in the week of the race,
saying it was the only legal option open
to it.
?It was absolutely not posturing,? he
said. ?We had one chance to protect our
future. We have to stop losing money.
That is what it came down to.
?We left it to the last possible
moment as we wanted to keep all our
options open.?
Grant believes that a new deal could
be sorted in only a few months, but
accepts that it could take as long as two
years.
The BRDC signed the 17-year contract with Bernie Ecclestone in 2010,
which means the cost of hosting the
event increases by 5 per cent each year.
The fee to host the race in the first
year was �.5 million, rising to
�.2 million this year, but it is due to
reach � million in the final year of the
contract, which the BRDC says it cannot afford. Silverstone is one of the only
tracks on the circuit not to receive funding from its government.
Istanbul Park
Last hosted 2011
The Turkish track was a hit with
drivers. There were great elevation
changes, a lot of overtaking and
turn 8 in particular ? a quadruple
apex ? drew admiration.
Unfortunately there is no appetite
for the sport in Turkey so no one
went to see it.
Magny-Cours
Last hosted 2008
There was once a time when it
would have been unthinkable to not
have a French Grand Prix. It returns
to the calendar next year, a decade
after it was last held at this track ?
but at the Circuit Paul Ricard, near
Marseilles.
Adelaide
Last hosted 1995
Quick corners and the famous
Brabham straight with plenty of
racing made this street circuit a fan
favourite. Melbourne liked what it
saw, and when the time was right,
swooped in to play host, meaning it
won?t be back to South Australia.
Lewis Hamilton crowd surfs after winning at Silverstone last year but its days as a grand-prix venue appear numbered
Grant said Silverstone incurred
losses of �8 million in 2015 and
�8 million in 2016. A similar loss is
expected this year.
?We have reached the tipping point
where we can no longer let our passion
for the sport rule our heads,? he said. ?It
would not only risk the very future of
Silverstone and the BRDC, but also the
British motorsport community that
depends on us.?
Liberty Media has previously stated
its commitment to a British Grand Prix
and will not want to lose the season?s
best attended race from the calendar in
the first few months of its tenure.
The UK is often seen as the home of
motorsport and is where eight of the
ten Formula One teams are based. The
motorsport industry is worth an
estimated �.5 billion to the British
economy.
Some 140,000 supporters are
expected at Silverstone on race day
alone, with about 350,000 fans likely to
pass through the gates over the race
weekend.
Most popular UK events
Top ten attended sports fixtures in
the UK in 2016
Number of people per event
Wimbledon tennis championships
494,000
(14 days)
F1 British Grand Prix
327,000 (3 days)
Royal Ascot horse racing
295,000 (5 days)
Cheltenham Festival horse racing
261,000 (4 days)
ATP world tennis finals
252,000 (8 days)
The Open golf championship
173,000 (8 days)
Badminton Horse Trials
160,000 (5 days)
Moto GP Silverstone
156,000 (3 days)
Burghley Horse Trials
155,000 (4 days)
Epsom Derby horse racing
154,000 (2 days)
Silverstone, a former airfield, first
hosted the race in 1948, and has been its
permanent home since 1987 after spells
alternating with Aintree and Brands
Hatch.
While Liberty Media wants to
continue negotiations with BRDC, it is
also exploring other potential hosts for
the British Grand Prix. It is understood
to be looking at the potential for a race
in east London, with Canary Wharf and
the River Thames as a backdrop.
There will be a live demonstration of
Formula One cars through central
London today as part of Liberty Media?s
bid to reach more fans. If the event is
successful it could add weight to the bid
to host a race in the capital.
Christian Horner, the Red Bull team
principal and a member of the BRDC,
criticised the decision to trigger the
break clause and warned that the track
losing the grand prix could hurt them
long term.
?With this London event happening
tomorrow, if that was a success ?
which hopefully it should be ? with the
Imola
Last hosted 2006
The track is now synonymous with
the death of two great drivers in one
weekend ? Roland Ratzenberger
and Ayrton Senna. But it was also a
place of beauty, with elevation
changes, challenging corners and
always covered in the red of Ferrari
fans creating an amazing
atmosphere. Unlikely to return,
though, with Monza on the calendar.
recent legislation changes [the government ruled in April that motor racing
could take place on public roads] that
are happening in the City of London
one can imagine a London Grand Prix
being pretty attractive to the Liberty
guys,? he said.
?Silverstone needs to be a little bit
careful how they handle themselves
and negotiate that they don?t find
themselves losing out.?
Horner said that his preference
would be for Silverstone to remain the
host, but questioned how the track had
been run and said that there was ?probably a need for a fresh set of eyes?.
?From a team?s perspective, we can?t
see any changes. They spent a fortune
on the pits and they put them in the
wrong place,? Horner said.
?They have created a paddock with
zero atmosphere at one of the most historic race tracks in the UK, so there has
been some serious misjudgment and
management, one would say. Britain
should have a grand prix but there has
been some questionable calls.?
Lions prop Sinckler apologises after 3am arrest in Auckland
Rugby union
John Westerby
Kyle Sinckler issued an apology
yesterday after being arrested for his
part in a ?minor disturbance? during a
night out in Auckland after the British
& Irish Lions? final Test draw with New
Zealand.
Sinckler was escorted back to his
hotel in a police car after being taken
away from the Auckland bar where he
had been drinking, which was reportedly on Galway Street, in the city
centre. The incident occurred at about
3am on Sunday after the Lions drew the
third Test and the series, but he was not
charged after police established that
the incident did not merit further
investigation.
?I apologise for putting myself and
the Lions in this position and also to the
police and anyone else affected,? Sinckler said.
John Spencer, the tour manager, said
that he had reiterated to Sinckler the
requirement for good behaviour on and
off the field.
?We have been informed by Auckland police about an incident involving
Kyle,? he said. ?I have spoken to Kyle
and reminded him of his responsibilities as a Lion, which extend to his offthe-field behaviour.
?Kyle has apologised for any
inconvenience caused and we
are satisfied that he regrets this
incident and that this is the end
of the matter.?
A statement from Auckland
police said: ?A male was placed
under arrest but was not
charged after further inquiries established that the incident did not warrant
Sinckler played a
part in all three
Tests with New
Zealand and brought
an aggressive edge
prosecution. He was then taken to his
accommodation by police.?
It is understood that no other Lions
were involved and that the
management were satisfied
that the incident was a
?minor disturbance?.
The
England
prop made eyecatching contrib
butions
as a replacement in all
t
three
Tests
against the All
Blacks.
His hearton-sleeve
aggression made him one of the characters of the tour and the second Test in
Wellington ended with him being restrained by team-mates as he sought to
resolve a difference of opinion with TJ
Perenara, the New Zealand replacement scrum half.
In the drawn third Test at Eden Park,
which preceded his night out in central
Auckland, Sinckler had conceded the
penalty at a scrum that enabled
Beauden Barrett to give the All Blacks a
15-12 lead in the 68th minute.
But he responded with a solid showing at a series of scrums in the breathless final stages and Owen Farrell, his
England team-mate, secured the draw.
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Sport
Victorious Djokovic complains
Rick Broadbent
You might be forgiven for thinking that
Novak Djokovic has got it easy. He has
not lost a set on grass either here or
during his warm-up gig in Eastbourne,
and has Andre Agassi ? balder, wider
and more Buddha-like than of yore ?
oozing wisdom in his corner.
Yet the No 2 seed is both purring and
growling, mixing straight-sets wins
with straight-talking. So he would like
an end to interminable fifth sets and,
yes, he is being hampered by a pain in
his right shoulder and a hole in Centre
Court.
The three-times champion had only
a modicum of discomfort yesterday in
dispatching Adrian Mannarino, the
world No 51 who gained some notoriety
last week for barging into a ballboy and
earning a �000 fine. The Frenchman
was initially overpowered before finding his range and resilience and dragging Djokovic to a 4-2 deficit in the
owever,
second set tie-break. However,
at and
Djokovic came through that
seemed to be embroiled in a far tougher contest against his mind and body.
nce
When he suffered a bad bounce
ron the court he glared at the surface; if looks could kill they
would need to put artificial turf
on that most barren area. He
slammed a ball into the ground
and the collective sarcasm
from the crowd showed how
he still lags behind Roger
Federer and Andy Murray in
the popularity stakes.
In many ways you could symh
pathise. Djokovic felt this match
tre
should have been moved to Centre
afael
Court on Monday night as Rafael
xit on
Nadal made his protracted exit
he dark
Court No 1. ?We were kept in the
for two and a half hours without knowd. ?You
ing what was going on,? he said.
were on your toes warming up, cooling
down. The referee?s office was completely indecisive. We could have
played until 11pm.?
There is an easy solution, he said,
which is to introduce a fifth-set tiebreak. ?Any other grand slam has it. I
just don?t see any reason why not. Is the
reason we?re keeping it because [John]
Isner and [Nicolas] Mahut once made
history with an 11-hour match??
Given that Dkojovic had already received treatment before he called for a
medical timeout at 4-3 up in the third
set, the impact of that indecisiveness
may yet be felt. As the other men?s
quarter-finalists had a rest day,
Djokovic was forced to play on. The
good news for him was that he wasted
little time in overcoming a man who
Match stats
Adrian
Mannarino
(Fr)
2 6
6 7
4 6
Novak
Djokovic
(Serbia)
4
2
Aces
1
Double faults
2
70%
First serves in
74%
61%
First-serve points won
71%
52% Second-serve points won 67%
14/20
Net points won
18/23
1/2
Break points won
4/10
28/93
Receiving points won 43/102
36
23
Winners
26
Unforced errors
24
87
Total points won
108
Djokovic said the umpire was shocked
when he showed him a hole near the
baseline on Centre Court yesterday
was making him work while never
looking like springing an upset.
However, it must pain tournament
chiefs to hear such criticism of their
courts and scheduling. ?The fact is, the
court is not in great condition,? the Serb
said. The chair umpire had asked to be
shown the hole and, according to
Djokovic, was shocked.
The problem is a bare area around
the baseline which, he said, was a hindrance to play rather than a safety issue.
It should, perhaps, be pointed out that
this is not an inner-city court pockmarked with broken glass and certainly
Mannarino said that it was far better
than the other ?destroyed? courts he
had played on thus far. ?He was complaining a little bit,? he said. Martina
Navratilova pondered whether someone had been playing golf down there.
Whether Djokovic complains more
vehemently about his shoulder, if and
when he faces more testing opposition,
remains to be seen. ?I have been dragging it back and forth for some time,? he
said.
Yet for all these issues, he is moving
through the draw with remarkable
smoothness for a man whom John
McEnroe has likened to Tiger Woods in
his fire hydrant era. The mantle of
invincibility has certainly slipped but it
was not until halfway through the
second set that he was remotely bothered by Mannarino.
Suddenly, his double-handed backhands began falling long and his opponent seemed inspired by one long rally
in which he jumped into a punched
backh
backhand winner of his own. He broke
serve for the only time in the match and
a serie
series of long points took the set to a
tie-br
tie-break. The first five points of that
went against serve and Mannarino
foun
found brief daylight beneath the roof.
T
The left-hander was struggling
wi
with a back injury of his own,
su
suffered in only the third game, but
h
he said that it had improved by the
eend of the second set. Neverthele
less, Djokovic slammed the door
sh
shut and clinched the tie-break 7-5.
A
After that the outcome was inevitab
tabile and he edged ahead quickly
in tthe third.
Dj
Djokovic now faces Tomas
Berdy
Berdych, who beat him in the 2010
semisemi-finals. He is dealing with all
mann
manner of problems and edging
towar
towards top form.
The role of Agassi in all this is
fascin
fascinating. The trend for every top
player is to have a former grand-slam
winner in his corner, and another one,
Mats Wilander, said this might be the
best call of all. ?The goal for Djokovic
has to be to get back to developing his
game,? Wilander said. ?He needs to do
slightly different things, maybe hit the
backhand harder. I see them practising
and that is clearly what Agassi is taking
about.?
Wilander said he had also seen how
Djokovic was prepared to stay in points
for longer before switching direction.
?That?s what Agassi did so well. It?s a
great call by him ? to be that aware of
how Agassi played and what he brings
to the court. Agassi did not have a problem re-setting his goals and that?s what
Djokovic needs. They are the perfect
fit.?
Djokovic won in
straight sets again
despite being
frustrated by an
injured shoulder,
the rescheduling
of his match and
the state of
Centre Court
Murray: my wife likes smaller players
Alyson Rudd
Andy Murray is under no illusions. He
knows his style of play is not to everyone?s taste and has even admitted that
Kim, his wife, enjoys watching players
who are diminutive and elegant rather
than tall or chunky and powerful.
This would seem to imply that today?s
quarter-final between her husband and
the 6ft 6in Sam Querrey might not be
her match of choice.
?When it comes to watching me
there will be people in this country who
don?t like watching me, who don?t like
my personality or who don?t enjoy my
style of play, whatever it is,? the British
No 1 said.
?But that?s why I think it?s important
for the sport and healthier for the sport
if there are three or four players ? men,
women, left-handers, right-handers,
tall players ? it makes it more fun
because everyone likes different things.
?Like my wife, for example. She likes
watching players who are really small.?
Asked if she would rather watch a
diminutive player than her husband,
Murray added: ?I don?t know about
that. But she likes watching players who
are small and aren?t as strong. She likes
watching Gilles Simon, she likes watching Dominika Cibulkova and players
like that.?
Murray has lost only once to
Querrey and that was seven years ago
but the American defeated Novak
Djokovic at Wimbledon last year and is
a difficult opponent on grass.
?He has a tough style to play against,?
Murray said. ?He serves big, he goes for
his shots and he?s not an easy guy to
come up against. He?s had some great
results here in the past.
?He?s a great grass-court player but
I?ve had good success against him in the
past and hopefully, I?ll take that into the
match with him.?
Murray is adept at fighting through
adversity, such as his present hip problem, according to Lleyton Hewitt, the
2002 Wimbledon champion.
?If you look at him just walking
around, he looks like he is pretty sore,?
the Australian said.
?He finds a way. He does everything
right. He deserves to go out there and
be pushing for another semi-final and
final here at Wimbledon.
?He is a true professional. It is not
easy turning up and being defending
champion if you are under a little bit of
an injury cloud.?
How men?s quarter-finalists compare
Aces
Murray
Querrey
M黮ler
Cilic
Raonic
Federer
Berdych
Djokovic
Winners
31
111
99
102
206
270
72
192
91
40
49
21
229
134
170
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PHIL SHEPHARD-LEWIS FOR THE TIMES
Big three will advance ? but
Cilic is still a serious threat
Gilles M黮ler (Lux, 16) v Marin Cilic (Cro, 7)
Goran
Ivanisevic
Andy Murray (GB, 1)
v Sam Querrey (US, 24)
Murray has not played his best
tennis yet and I think he is saving
it for the last few matches of the
tournament. It will not be an easy
encounter against Querrey but it is
hard to see the American taking
three sets off the home favourite
and No 1 seed on grass. Murray
can nullify Querrey?s powerful
serve as he is one of the best
returners around and he will play
with a lot of slice and execute
plenty of drop shots. Querrey is a
big hitter and will go for it, as he
did when he beat Novak Djokovic
in the third round here last year,
but Murray will get too many balls
back. The Scot has to be careful,
though, not to be too defensive. At
times, Fabio Fognini and Beno顃
Paire were able to attack when he
did not get up the court enough.
He needs to be more aggressive
and put more juice in his shots.
Cilic is still my second favourite,
above Murray but below Federer,
to win the tournament. M黮ler?s
fourth-round win on Monday
helped Cilic as now he does not
have to face Rafael Nadal. I knew
M黮ler could cause trouble
against Nadal but I was surprised
to see him win 15-13 in the
deciding set. He played well and
held his nerve on break point
down, but today?s match is going
to be completely different. Cilic is
not only serving well but he is too
solid off the ground and will win
more of the rallies. On the return,
he is going to be more aggressive.
Nadal stood too far back to return
so it was easier for M黮ler to use
his left-handed hook serve out
wide. His serve will not be as
effective against Cilic, who will
stay closer to the baseline and use
the angles.
Head to head Cilic 2 M黮ler 0
Cilic fact He has ended 27 per
cent of the points he has played
with a winner
charts, having hit 102 in four
matches
Prediction Cilic to win
Milos Raonic (Can, 6) v Roger Federer (Switz, 3)
has won a greater percentage of
return games than Murray?s 38 per
cent
Querrey fact Querrey?s first serves
have not been returned 62 per
cent of the time by his opponent
Tomas Berdych (Cz, 11) v Novak Djokovic (Serbia, 2)
Murray fact No remaining player
Prediction Murray to win
Unforced errors
Murray
39
Querrey
81
M黮ler
87
Cilic
Raonic
40
Federer
77
Berdych
60
Djokovic
It will not matter that Djokovic
will have had to play on
successive days as I do not think
he has lost a lot of energy. Last
week he played a match lasting
little over one set and it has been
a walk in the park since then. I do
not see how Berdych can win. He
is a player who hits the ball so
cleanly and knows how to play on
grass ? he reached the final here
in 2010, losing to Rafael Nadal ?
but I do not trust him enough to
keep going for it from the
beginning of the match until the
end. Mentally, he stops. It is as
if somehow against the big
guys he is satisfied enough that
142
130
Serve and volley points won
3 of 5
9 of 10
122 of 158
6 of 10
56 of 73
41 of 52
4 of 4
3 of 3
James Gheerbrant
match of the
day
outside court
of the day
best chance of
an upset
Andy Murray v
Sam Querrey
First on Centre Court
CiCi Bellis and Marketa
Vondrousova v Chan
Hao-ching and Monica
Niculescu
Second on No 3 Court
Tomas Berdych v Novak
Djokovic
Second on No 1 Court
It could have been Stan
Wawrinka or Jo-Wilfried
Tsonga, but instead Andy
Murray faces last year?s
Djokovic-slayer, Sam
Querrey, for a place in
the semi-finals. Querrey
beat Tsonga to reach the
last eight for the second
consecutive year. This is
Murray?s 26th grand-slam
quarter-final and only
Querrey?s second, but the
Scot has been upset by
big servers at previous
grand-slam events. Can
Querrey emulate the
likes of Kevin Anderson
and Mischa Zverev?
today?s
weather
If you have a ground
pass and want to see two
stars of tomorrow, this is
the match for you. Bellis
is the youngest player in
the top 40 by more than
a year: she reached the
third round of last year?s
US Open and this year?s
French. Vondrousova is
the youngest player in
the top 100 and won her
first WTA title in April.
They have a tough
assignment against Chan
and Niculescu, the
experienced No 9 seeds.
Djokovic has won 25 out
of the 27 matches these
two have played, but one
of the defeats came at
Wimbledon, in the 2010
semi-final. The Serb has
endured his worst run of
form in a decade and has
lost before the semifinals in three of his last
four grand-slam events.
Against Adrian
Mannarino, he did not
entirely convince that he
had shaken off the rust.
Berdych is a canny grasscourt operator with more
of a chance than many
will give him.
brit watch
M黮ler fact Leads tournament ace
This is the pick of the men?s
quarter-final matches and a rerun
of last year?s semi-final, in which
the Canadian came from two sets
to one down to beat Federer, who
should have won that match as
he had a lot of chances. We did
not see Federer for the rest of the
year after that, as he took a sixmonth break, and it has certainly
paid off for him. He is playing so
much better than last year and I
do not think he is going to let slip
this chance again. Federer may
admittedly have some difficulty
on his return because Raonic will
be serving bombs, but he always
somehow puts it back in the
court. I thought Grigor Dimitrov
Head to head Murray 7 Querrey 1
your guide to day nine
might have caused Federer some
problems on Monday but the
seven-times Wimbledon
champion blitzed him. He is
getting stronger with each match
he plays.
Head to head Federer 9 Raonic 3
Federer fact Has won 72 per cent
of second serve points, 16 per
cent above his career average on
grass
Raonic fact Hit the second fastest
serve of the tournament at
142mph
Prediction Federer to win
he is on the court having fun.
Djokovic, on the other hand, is
too solid mentally and has not
dropped a single set on grass this
year since the start of the Aegon
International in Eastbourne.
Head to head Djokovic 25
Berdych 2
Djokovic fact Has won 58 per cent
of points from the baseline, more
than any other player
Berdych fact Only dropped serve
three times in 80 service games
Dry with
spells of
sunshine.
Maximum
temp ? 22C
Reigning mixed-doubles champions Heather Watson
and Henri Kontinen face Ivan Dodig and Sania Mirza,
the No 4 seeds, on No 2 Court. Ken and Neal Skupski,
the Scouse brothers, are the last Britons in the men?s
doubles. They meet No 4 seeds Lukasz Kubot and
Marcelo Melo in their first grand-slam quarter-final.
Today?s order of play
11am start unless stated
Seeds in brackets
Centre Court (1pm): A Murray (GB)
v (24) S Querrey (US); (6) M Raonic
(Can) v (3) R Federer (Switz).
No 1 Court (1pm): (16) G Muller
(Lux) v (7) M Cilic (Cro); (11)
T Berdych (Cz) v (2) N Djokovic
(Serbia).
No 2 Court (11.30am): (1) H
Kontinen (Fin) and J Peers (Aus) v
(10) R Harrison (US) and M Venus
(NZ); (8) A Barty (Aus) and C
Dellacqua (Aus) v (2) E Makarova
(Russ) and E Vesnina (Russ); J
Peers (Aus) and S Lisicki (Ger) v M
Demoliner (Br) and M J Mart韓ez
S醤chez (Sp); H Kontinen (Fin)
and H Watson (GB) v (4) I Dodig
(Cro) and S Mirza (India).
No 3 Court (11.30am): H PodlipnikCastillo (Chile) and A Vasilevski
(Bela) v N Mektic (Cro) and F
Skugor (Cro); C Bellis (US) and M
Vondrousova (Cz) v (9) Chan Haoching (Taiwan) and M Niculescu
(Rom); (9) J Cabal (Col) and A
Spears (US) v M Pavic (Cro) and L
Kichenok (Ukr); (15) M Venus (NZ)
and B Krejcikova (Cz) v (2) B
Soares (Br) and E Vesnina (Russ).
No 4 Court: E Douglas (US) v (14)
S Sewing (US); L Dussin (Fr) and
H Gaston (Fr) v (5) G Ross (US)
and T Seyboth Wild (Br);
E Adeshina (GB) and G Heath
(GB) v M J Portillo Ram韗ez (US)
and S Sewing (US); H Fischer (GB)
and E Raducanu (GB) v (8) E
Arango (Col) and E Douglas (US).
No 5 Court: A Rubio Fierros
(Mex) v B Ellis (Aus); (1) C Moutet
(Fr) v M Efstathiou (Cyp);
J Hern醤dez Serrano (Mex) and A
Rubio Fierros (Mex) v S Carr (Ire)
and A Rotsaert (US); B Ellis (Aus)
and M Martineau (Fr) v (4) R
Molleker (Ger) and E Ruusuvuori
(Fin); T Machac (Cz) and T Skatov
(Russ) v M Efstathiou (Cyp) and
R Nijboer (Neth).
No 6 Court: J Eltingh (Neth) and
P Haarhuis (Neth) v P McEnroe
(US) and J Tarango (US); A Li (US)
v M Chwalinska (Pol); L Boskovic
(Cro) and T Pieri (It) v
V Deminova (Russ) and A
Kharitonova (Russ); (7) A Anshba
(Russ) and E Rybakina (Russ) v H
Tyra Black (US) and M Chwalinska
(Pol); K Berankova (Cz) and
S Lansere (Russ) v M Osorio
Serrano (Col) and T Pedretti (Br).
No 7 Court: (12) Y Oliel (Isr) v
M Martineau (Fr); (16) J P Grassi
Mazzuchi (Arg) v M Ali Bellalouna
(Tun); A Fenty (US) and Y Oliel
(Isr) v D Added (Fr) and Z Bergs
(Bel); (8) S Baez (Arg) and
J P Grassi Mazzuchi (Arg) v F Bass
(GB) and A McHugh (GB);
M Lourdes Carle (Arg) and N Sato
(Japan) v Z Desai (India) and
L Sun (Switz).
No 8 Court: (5) Y Shimizu (Japan)
v P Kypson (US); M Bartoli (Fr)
and I Majoli (Cro) v A S醤chezVicario (Sp) and S Sfar (Tun); L
Davenport (US) and M Fernanda
Alves (Br) v M Maleeva (Bul) and
B Schett (Austria); S Hazawa
(Japan) and N Tajima (Japan) v
F Forti (It) and M Frinzi (It).
No 9 Court: G Loffhagen (GB) v
(9) R Molleker (Ger); K Swan (GB)
v (2) W Osuigwe (US); T Bosancic
(Aus) and L Grief (US) v C Bittoun
Kouzmine (Fr) and Park Ui Sung
(S Kor); E Bolton (US) and A Li
(US) v Y In-Albon (Switz) and S
Waltert (Switz); (4) C McNally (US)
and W Osuigwe (US) v E Appleton
(GB) and J Burrage (GB).
No 10 Court: F Labrana (Chile) v
(12) M Hontama (Japan); (11)
J Rodionov (Austria) v S Hazawa
(Japan); (1) C Branstine (Can) and
M Kostyuk (Ukr) v M Budin (GB)
and E Maloney (GB).
No 11 Court: (10) Wang Xinyu
(China) v S Waltert (Switz);
M Vrbensky (Cz) v S Korda (US);
(5) Wang Xinyu (China) and
Wang Xiyu (China) v A Collins
(GB) and F Jones (GB); S Korda
(US) and N Mejia (Col) v J Molloy
(GB) and B Smith (GB).
No 12 Court (11.30am): (4)
L Kubot (Pol) and M Melo (Br) v
K Skupski (GB) and N Skupski
(GB); S Kuznetsova (Russ) and
K Mladenovic (Fr) v M Ninomiya
(Japan) and R Voracova (Cz); A
Begemann (Ger) and N Melichar
(US) v (11) D Nestor (Can) and
A Klepac (Slovenia); N Mektic
(Cro) and A Konjuh (Cro) v (10) R
Bopanna (India) and G Dabrowski
(Can); (2) M Ancic (Cro) and
J Delgado (GB) v T Enqvist (Swe)
and T Johansson (Swe).
No 14 Court: A McHugh (GB) v (6)
M Miladinovic (Serbia); S Banthia
(India) and J Kent Trotter (Japan)
v (2) A Geller (Arg) and Hsu Yuhsiou (Taiwan); O Styler (Cz) and
A Zakharov (Russ) v (7)
M Miladinovic (Serbia) and Tseng
Chun-hsin (Taiwan); O Orpana
(Fin) and L Schmidt (Ger) v (2)
T Johnson (US) and C Liu (US);
W Ferreira (SA) and G Ivanisevic
(Cro) v T Woodbridge (Aus) and
M Woodforde (Aus).
No 15 Court: H Stewart (GB) v
F Forti (It); B Smith (GB) v (10)
O Crawford (US); (6) A Ayeni (US)
and T Bryde (US) v H Stewart (GB)
and D West (GB); T Horie (Japan)
and Y Shimizu (Japan) v O
Crawford (US) and P Kypson (US).
No 16 Court: (1) K Day (US) v
J Niemeier (Ger); (16) Liang
En-shuo (Taiwan) v (3) C Liu (US);
v (15) Z Desai (India); Liang
En-shuo (Taiwan) and A
Miyamoto (Japan) v O Danilovic
(Serbia) and K Juvan (Slovenia).
No 17 Court: C Bittoun Kouzmine
(Fr) v S Riffice (US); S Lansere
(Russ) v (9) M Osorio Serrano
(Col); V Kirkov (US) and D Thomas
(US) v S Riffice (US) and D Vale
(Por); (1) Z Piros (Hun) and Wu
Yibing (China) v M Ali Bellalouna
(Tun) and J Reis Da Silva (Br).
No 18 Court (11.30am): C Black
(Zim) and M Navratilova (US) v
K Clijsters (Bel) and R Stubbs
(Aus); G Rusedski (GB) and
F Santoro (Fr) v L Hewitt (Aus)
and M Philippoussis (Aus);
T Austin (US) and H Sukova (Cz) v
A Jaeger (US) and C Mart韓ez
(Sp); F Gonz醠ez (Chile) and
S Grosjean (Fr) v J Gimelstob (US)
and R Hutchins (GB); H Leconte
(Fr) and C Pioline (Fr) v (2)
A Castle (GB) and M Chang (US).
Yesterday?s results
Prediction Djokovic to win
Grand-slam quarter-finals
W21 L8
W0 L1
W0 L1
W3 L6
W3 L3
W41 L8
W6 L9
W30 L7
Seeds in brackets
Men: Singles: Fourth round: (2)
N Djokovic (Serbia) bt
A Mannarino (Fr) 6-2, 7-6, 6-4.
Doubles: Third round:
K Skupski (GB) and N Skupski
(GB) bt M Daniell (NZ) and
M Demoliner (Br) 7-6, 5-7, 7-6,
6-4. Quarter-final: (16) O Marach
(Austria) and M Pavic (Cro) bt
M Matkowski (Pol) and M Mirnyi
(Bela) 7-5, 6-2, 6-2.
Women: Singles: Quarter-finals:
(14) G Muguruza (Sp) bt (7) S
Kuznetsova (Russ) 6-3, 6-4; (6) J
Konta (GB) bt (2) S Halep (Rom)
6-7, 7-6, 6-4; (10) V Williams (US)
bt (13) J Ostapenko (Latvia) 6-3,
7-5; M Rybarikova (Slovakia) bt
(24) C Vandeweghe (US) 6-3, 6-3.
Mixed doubles: Third round:
(1) J Murray (GB) and M Hingis
(Switz) bt (16) R Jebavy (Cz) and
L Hradecka (Cz) 6-3, 6-4.
Men?s over 35 doubles: Group
A: A Clement (Fr) and M Llodra
(Fr) bt (1) J Baker (GB) and
C Fleming (GB) 6-4, 6-4.
Men?s over 45 doubles: Group
A: R Krajicek (Neth) and
M Petchey (GB) bt (1) J Bates (GB)
and C Wilkinson (GB) 6-4, 6-3.
Women?s over 35 doubles:
Group A: K Clijsters (Bel) and
R Stubbs (Aus) bt (1) T Austin
(US) and H Sukova (Cz) 6-1, 6-2.
Group B: A S醤chez-Vicario (Sp)
and S Sfar (Tun) bt M Maleeva
(Bul) and B Schett (Austria) 6-2,
1-6, 10-8.
Juniors: Boys: Singles: Second
round: A Geller (Arg) bt
D Thomas (US) 6-1, 6-0; (8)
A Davidovich Fokina (Sp) bt
D Added (Fr) 6-3, 6-1; N Tajima
(Japan) bt T Skatov (Russ) 7-6,
6-3; (2) Wu Yibing (China) bt
V Kirkov (US) 6-1, 6-1. Girls:
Singles: Second round: (3) C Liu
(US) bt M Jain (India) 6-2, 6-1;
(14) S Sewing (US) bt O Orpana
(Fin) 6-3, 6-2; (15) Z Desai (India)
bt M Paigina (Russ) 5-7, 1-0 ret;
(9) M Osorio Serrano (Col) bt
H Baptiste (US) 6-2, 6-2; (10)
Wang Xinyu (China) bt P Arias
Manjon (Sp) 6-1, 6-3; S Lansere
(Russ) bt (8) E Appleton (GB)
6-4, 6-4; E Douglas (US) bt T
Grana Pedretti (Br) 7-6, 6-4; A Li
(US) bt E Maloney (GB) 6-2, 4-6,
6-3; M Chwalinska (Pol) bt (5) M
Kostyuk (Ukr) 6-1, 6-4; S Waltert
(Switz) bt A Anshba (Russ) 4-6,
6-1, 6-2; (6) C Branstine (Can) bt
E Bolton (US) 6-1, 6-4; K Swan
(GB) bt C McNally (US) 6-0, 6-3;
(16) Liang En-shuo (Taiwan) bt
E Raducanu (GB) 6-1, 4-6, 8-6;
(2) W Osuigwe (US) bt Y
In-Albon (Switz) 2-6, 6-3, 6-3.
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Sport
Ageless Venus sees off rising star
NIC BOTHMA/EPA
Alyson Rudd
Off court there is little to suggest that
Venus Williams can win the women?s
title. She is 37, she suffers from an incurable autoimmune disease that saps
energy and induces lethargy and her
build-up to the tournament was blighted by her involvement in a fatal car
crash in Florida.
These are not the sort of factors that
create a champion and yet, on court,
Williams is ruthless, astute and
efficient. Crucially, she turns her years
of experience into an asset that, rather
than being reflective or emotional, is
tough and unyielding.
The
five-times
Wimbledon
champion defeated a player 17 years her
junior, who is at the start of something
wonderful, having blasted her way to
the French Open title last month.
Jelena Ostapenko can be fearless and
sunny, reckless and moody and, before
yesterday, no matter how many mistakes she made, she had found a way to
ensure that she hit enough winners to
compensate. That was before she faced
Williams in a quarter-final that was
about knowledge versus learning.
Johanna Konta, Williams?s opponent in
the semi-final, will need to at least
match the American?s levels of calm
certainty to win through.
Yesterday, Williams simply used her
experience and powerful serve to outwit one of the most exciting young
players at these championships. The
pair had never faced each other before
and while that bothered Williams not
one jot, it made for some painful viewing from Ostapenko?s perspective. The
20-year-old Latvian had arrived in
SW19 as the new name to look out for,
the hot ticket even, but Williams knows
Centre Court, knows grass, knows the
ebb and flow of winning at Wimbledon.
Ostapenko, by contrast, walked out
on to Centre Court listening to Russian
pop music through her earphones,
wearing the expression of a child entering Santa?s grotto for the first time. She
was all wonderment and impish delight.
Actually, as French Open champion,
she might reasonably have expected to
have seen it sooner than the quarter-final stage but she was not struck by
nerves. She was instead struck by an inability to bring her serve under control.
With only 57 per cent of her first serves
making their mark, she needed a solid
second serve to make headway but it
was too often weak and gobbled up by
Williams with a graceful sort of fiendishness.
Ostapenko?s first forehand winner
prompted gasps from those who had
not seen her before but Williams was
immune to the novelty. As Konta said,
after defeating her at Eastbourne, when
you face Ostapenko you have to learn
how to cope with her ability to hit
winners that you have no means of
stopping. The Latvian?s style could be
bewildering or demoralising but Williams has seen it all and would calmly
stroll away yesterday once the winning
shot zoomed past her. Ostapenko hit
more winners than Williams but the
more experienced player delivered hers
when it mattered.
Williams has faced Konta twice
this year and they have one win
apiece ? the Briton prevailing in
the semi-finals of the Miamii
Masters in March.
?I?m sure she?s confident and determined,? Williams said. ?She?s probably
dealing with a different kind of pressure
playing here at home. But she seems to
be handling it well.?
Williams was in defensive mood
facing the media, perhaps wary of anyone asking about that terrible car crash.
Or, perhaps, she was more exhausted
than she looked. After all, she had been
3
22
After 22 grand-slam events
without reaching a semi-final,
she has made the last four in
three of the past five
tournaments: Wimbledon
2016, Australian Open
2017 and Wimbledon
2017
She reached her 22nd grandslam semi-final with victory
against Jelena Ostapenko
yesterday
Golden oldie:
Venus, 37, is
two wins away
from another
title in SW19
Match stats
Venus
Williams
(US)
6 3
7 5
Jelena
Ostapenko
(Lat)
8
Aces
1
4
Double faults
2
66%
First serves in
57%
78%
First-serve points won
72%
48% Second-serve points won 38%
4/6
Net points won
3/4
3/3
Break points won
1/2
24/56
Receiving points won
20/62
13
Winners
20
15
Unforced errors
18
66
Total points won
54
How Williams has fared in
grand-slam semi-finals
Wimbledon
Australian Open
US Open
French Open
W8
W2
W4
W1
L1
L1
L4
L0
engaged in economical yet fierce
tennis. The second set was more competitive, with Ostapenko displaying
how to turn defence into attack. She
even managed to break the Williams
serve but the veteran was able to increase her energy levels to compensate.
Like all great champions, her eight
aces were delivered when they
mattered most and when Ostapenko
delivered a beautiful, daring drop-shot
from the back of the court, Williams
responded in the very next point by
pulling off a cushioned volley winner. It
felt as if she was telling the youngster
that she could not truly surprise her,
that she has seen it all.
?You have to get better if you want to
stay relevant,? Williams said.
She has been asked relentlessly about
her age during these championships
but this is, arguably, the most insightful
response she has given. It is so very easy
to become a former champion, someone who is revered and admired but not
feared. Williams does not want to be
indulged or pandered to as one of the
grass-court greats. Neither does she
want to be treated as an elder stateswoman; there to dole out advice, reach
verdicts, recount a funny anecdote.
The seven-times grand-slam singles
champion knows that to be in the
frame, to be, as she puts it, relevant, she
has to keep improving and that means
something more than performing an
impersonation of her 27-year-old self.
?I feel quite capable, to be honest, and
powerful,? she said. ?So whatever age
that is, as long as I feel like that, I know
I can contend for titles every time.?
Can she recall the early days,
h
how tricky it was starting out?
?I really went to the top at a
v
very
young age, started winning
titles. So that was my experience.
That?s all I can say about that.?
Her only advice, then, is to
win and keep winning.
Ostapenko did not
hide her frustration
as she struggled to
get the better of her
veteran opponent
Muguruza fells another
giant despite coach row
Garbi馿 Muguruza (Sp)
6
6
Svetlana Kuznetsova (Rus)
3
4
Giles Smith
It was a good afternoon for the former
champion on No 1 Court. Conchita
Mart韓ez, the 1994 winner and now
coach of Garbi馿 Muguruza, watched
her charge handsomely defeat Svetlana
Kuznetsova.
It was not Mart韓ez who was making
the noise, though. That was Muguruza?s
physio, whose highly audible encouragements in Spanish prompted an accusation of illegal coaching from Kuznetsova?s team, gestures by her coach in
the direction of the umpire and a terse
response from the Russian after the
match. ?She acts like this all the time,?
Kuznetsova said, referring to the physio. ?I don?t think it?s appropriate.?
?Honestly, they were just cheering
for me,? Muguruza insisted. ?I like it
when my team is behind me. But nothing really tactical or specific.?
This minor spat should not overshadow another gutsy act of giant-toppling
by the No 14 seed. The vanquisher in the
fourth round of Angelique Kerber, the
No 1 seed, became the first player in this
tournament to take a set off Kuznetsova, the No 7 seed. Half an hour later, she
became the first player to take two.
In the opening set, Kuznetsova had
two break points in the third game but
was prevented from converting them
by a rearguard action from the
Spaniard that set the tone for her
performance. Muguruza carried that
impetus into the next game and broke.
The Russian would not see a break
point again.
For Muguruza, 23, this was a hardearned victory against an opponent
who seemed to dominate the rallies and
Muguruza showed her intense work
ethic to defeat Kuznetsova yesterday
some of Muguruza?s retrieval work was
awe-inspiring. Kuznetsova, the relative
veteran at 32, went into the second set
looking even feistier and had another
early break point, which Muguruza
saved. The Russian?s exertions grew
more audible, yet Muguruza stayed
solid and Kuznetsova could only watch
the whipped forehand that clinched the
critical break in the fifth game.
Muguruza served for the match at
5-4 and experienced her first and only
jitters, going 30-0 ahead but then
dumping two simple forehands into the
net. A clean ace steadied her, though,
and one point later she was twirling and
waving to an appreciative crowd.
In her semi-final she will meet
Magdalena Rybarikova, the 28-yearold unseeded Slovakian who surprised
Coco Vandeweghe 6-3, 6-3.
Rybarikova had a set on the board
when rain fell mid-afternoon. Reconvening briefly on a patchily occupied
Centre Court, the American, who had
struggled for rhythm and range in the
first session, meekly surrendered a
break with a pair of double faults, conceded three match points on her own
serve and got into an extended row
with the umpire over an overruled call.
Not a great day?s work.
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Matthew Syed
Why aren?t women
allowed to play in
an epic like this?
Sports Commentator of the Year
M
y daughter Evie plays tennis every
Thursday. She loves it. She is only
four, so hasn?t yet got the hang of
playing rallies (although I
understand that Steffi Graf was
already doing so at three, which is a bit of a
worry), but she can balance the ball on the
racket and, when in a particularly patient mood,
bounce it up and down, absorbed as she learns
more about gravity, balance, and momentum. I
am looking forward to the day we can hit
against each other.
I look forward, too, to watching Wimbledon
together, if not live (press passes are not, sadly,
transferable) then on TV. I don?t doubt that, like
millions of other girls, she will learn to love the
spectacle, its mix of artistry and athleticism, the
way in which two players can push each other
so hard, learning more about themselves in the
trying. Tennis, like all sport, is trivial but it
contains precious lessons about resilience,
determination and grace under pressure. As
Billie Jean King once told me: ?Tennis is a game,
but it is so much more than that.?
But I have a profound fear, too. For there are
other lessons that Evie will take from watching
Wimbledon and, for that matter, the other
grand-slam events. A lesson that is just as
powerful, but altogether less benign. The lesson
that women are too weak to play tennis over
five sets, too fragile to last the distance, too
delicate to cope with sustained exertion. It is the
idea, familiar when the marathon was thought
to be ?too distressing for the fairer sex?, which
meant that no races longer than 200m were
included for women at the 1932 Los Angeles
Olympics, or at any Games before Rome in
1960.
My mother was in school in 1960 and was 33
by the time that women were finally permitted
to compete in the marathon, in Los Angeles in
1984. She spent the first three and a half decades
of her life living in a world where competition
organisers barred women from endurance races
for their own good. As Harold Abrahams, who
won the Olympic 100m in 1924 before going on
to have a distinguished career in journalism, put
it: ?Women are apt to break down for reasons
not instantly clear to the masculine
understanding.? He believed that the imagined
tendency of women to collapse under stress was
a result ?more of psychological than physical
causes?.
We should never underestimate the
symbolism of such attitudes, or the way that
they subtly infiltrate stereotypical assumptions.
Nor should we ignore the weight of history. If
we take the marathon as a crude barometer of
gender attitudes, it took about 2,500 years from
the ancient feat of Philippides in 490BC for
society to realise that women are perfectly
capable of running 26.219 miles and, indeed, the
finest can do so in under two and a half hours.
For 99.5 per cent of our modern history, then,
women have lived in a culture that
systematically underestimated their strength,
vitality and mental toughness.
But in tennis, the legacy of this empirical
fallacy persists. The arguments over whether
Andy Murray or Johanna Konta play on the big
screen on Henman Hill, or whether there are an
equal number of men?s and women?s matches on
Centre Court are, by comparison, trivial. They
represent a classic (but sadly familiar) case of
focusing on the wallpaper and not the elephant.
The starkest case of sexism is the one that
feminists, curiously but revealingly, rarely
protest about. It is the insinuation, in every
match, of every day, of every grand slam,
broadcast to every TV set in the world, that
women, as a gender, can?t cut it. At least, not
over the ?classic? test of five-set championship
tennis.
I guess I am not alone in having marvelled at
the contest between Rafael Nadal and Gilles
M黮ler as the shadows lengthened on Court
No 1 on Monday evening. Here were two players
virtually equal on the day, separated, at last,
after almost five hours of duelling. The shifts in
fortune and circumstance, the variations in
tactics, and the resolve of M黮ler as he closed
out the 28th game of the final set, all
contributed to one of the finest fourth-round
matches of the age.
And yet a little earlier, Venus Williams and
Ana Konjuh completed their match after just
two sets and 63 minutes, Simona Halep required
88 minutes to defeat Victoria Azarenka and
Svetlana Kuznetsova knocked out Agnieszka
Radwanska in 91 minutes. Couldn?t these strong
TIMES PHOTOGRAPHER JACK HILL
Nadal, left, congratulates M黮ler after their five-set thriller lasted almost five hours on Monday
and determined women, each of whom have, in
their different ways, demonstrated rare courage
to reach the top echelons of the sport, have
coped with a bit more action? Call me naive, but
I?m pretty sure they could.
For those who say that I am exaggerating the
importance of the issue, it is worth
remembering that women can internalise the
sexist attitudes encoded in outdated institutions.
Take the stereotype that women are less capable
of logical and mathematical reasoning than
men. In one famous experiment, when female
students were reminded of this stereotype, they
performed significantly worse than their male
counterparts on a test. But, when the test was
positioned not as a test of logic but more
neutrally, the gap disappeared. Women were not
worse, after all. They merely performed worse
when weighed down by a false insinuation that
has been part of our culture for centuries.
So, is it not time to ditch the sexist
connotations of the three-set rule in grand-slam
women?s tennis, perhaps the most visible legacy
of outmoded attitudes in sport? It is not as if it is
impossible to alter scheduling, whether by
playing on the middle Sunday, starting play
earlier or whatever. And let us not get distracted
by false analogies with the heptathlon in
athletics. The heptathlon is a fine event, with
tough challenges throughout, and was first
contested by men, not women. Unlike the threeset rule in tennis, it was never historically
justified by reference to gender weakness.
This year, the women?s matches have been
thoroughly entertaining and I have no doubt
that five-set contests would add a new
dimension. Indeed, I regret that we never had
the chance to see great rivals of the past, such as
Graf and Monica Seles, or Martina Navratilova
and Chris Evert, vying over this classic distance.
But it is the symbolism of three-set tennis that
worries me most, along with the apathy that has
allowed it to persist. Millions of girls, such as
Evie, are watching this marvellous sport, while
subliminally absorbing the most disempowering
of lessons.
Liverpool brothers extend stay after booking in for one week
Alyson Rudd
They only booked their Airbnb accommodation for one week, not expecting
to make it this far, but the Skupski
brothers are just two matches away
from a Wimbledon final.
At the moment, Ken and Neal are
staying in separate hotels, paying on a
night-by-night basis, but they are
confident that they will need their
rooms for a little longer.
The doubles pair, who have never
reached this stage of a grand-slam
tournament before, defeated Marcus
Daniell and Marcelo Demoliner 7-6,
5-7, 7-6, 6-4 and will today face Lukasz
Kubot and Marcelo Melo, the No 4
seeds, in the quarter-finals of the men?s
doubles.
The Merseyside siblings received a
wild card to compete at SW19 and have
been cheered on by friends and family
who have brought a touch of football
terrace chanting to their matches. ?We
started out on Court No 17 in the first
and second rounds and it was quite
noisy,? Neal said.
?I had a few friends from my high
school out there who I hadn?t seen for a
while. They were shouting our names. I
think us Scousers, we?re quite rowdy. So
we overpowered them in the end and
hopefully, we can get some great
support again.?
Ken is a 34-year-old left-hander and
Neal, 27, is right-handed. Both support
Liverpool. ?We are mad fans,? Neal
said. But life on the tennis circuit does
not allow them to see their team
very often.
?It is pretty difficult because
the games are on weekends and
we?re always travelling to tournaments then,? Neal said. ?Wee
are streaming it whenever
n
they?re on. It could be 3am in
Australia and we?re up watching the game.?
?We basically don?t miss a
game,? Ken added, revealing that
The Skupski brothers have been
cheered on by a raucous crowd
they are part of a gang of
Liverpool-supporting
p
players
on the circuit
who never talk about
tennis but always
trade views on football. ?We like to get
together when the
g
game?s
on, if we
can, if we?re at a
tournament
tog
gether.
We all
watch it. And then
we?ll also watch if
United get beat.
?There?s a lot of
camaraderie.?
They are happy
to pay for more nights in hotels. ?We
know on the day we can beat anybody
on grass,? the younger brother said.
?It?s the pinnacle of tennis for us,?
Ken said. ?To play as brothers is a great
experience for the whole family, not
just ourselves. And it?s my tenth year.
I?m getting on now so I?ve got to make
the most of it whenever I can.?
The pair vowed to play with the same
freedom they showed yesterday. ?We?ll
give it a go,? Neal said.
There was more good news on the
home front as Jamie Murray reached
the quarter-final stage of the mixed
doubles with Martina Hingis, after they
defeated Lucie Hradecka and Roman
Jebavy 6-3, 6-4.
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Konta astonishes
with display fit
for a champion
Stuart Fraser Tennis Writer
It was a moment that Centre Court had
not witnessed for 39 years: a British
player securing a place in the semi-finals of the ladies? singles. Such was the
sense of history, though, that one overeager spectator screamed out before
Johanna Konta had converted the
match point she had worked so hard to
earn.
Simona Halep, clearly hindered,
dumped a forehand into the net. Instead of jumping around in celebration,
Konta looked sheepishly towards her
opponent and the umpire, Kader
Nouni. It was the only blot on a period
of two hours and 38 minutes during
which Konta persuaded any remaining
doubters that she is a genuine contender to win the Venus Rosewater Dish.
Resolute under pressure and brave in
attack, Konta, 26, displayed the qualities required to become a grand-slam
champion. Watching from the front
row of the Royal Box was Virginia
Wade, the last British woman to triumph here, 40 years ago. She nodded in
appreciation, well aware the long wait
for her successor could come to an end
this weekend.
?I heard a scream, I think it was off
my side of the court, towards the left,?
Konta said of the conclusion to the
match. ?There were some overenthusiastic moments, which happens I think
with every match where it comes to a
tense moment. I think it?s a part of
sport, the crowd getting excited and
sometimes getting a little too involved.?
This was a match with much on the
line. Last month, Halep, the 25-yearold from Romania, was one win away
from becoming the world No 1 going
into the final of the French Open. But,
just as then, she fell short. Karolina Pliskova, the Czech who lost in the second
round here, will now top the rankings
for the first time next Monday.
Less than three months ago, Halep
had levelled her head-to-head record
with Konta at 2-2 after a straight-sets
victory during the Fed Cup play-off
between Romania and Great Britain.
Not that many remember the action on
the court during that infamous
weekend after the disgraceful behaviour of Ilie Nastase, the home captain.
The tension has simmered ever since.
Under the roof, Halep made a strong
start, hardly missing from the back of
the court. A clean backhand winner
gave Halep the first break of the match
continued from back
Briton surges into the semi-finals
home slam, and to do that in front of a
full Centre Court, it?s pretty, pretty
special,? Konta said.
?I think the level of tennis both of us
played today was amazing, it was just a
tremendous match. Just to be part of a
match like that again, I?ve been very
fortunate [during] this championships.
I?ve had two of those now, I feel very
lucky.
?In terms of the home support, I feel
very excited and humbled by it. When
you get a massive crowd of people
cheering, making that sort of noise in a
in the second game and she held for 3-0.
Konta?s aggression meant that she
was over-hitting at times but she
started to find her range and played her
way back into the set, winning eight
straight points to level at 3-3. Her firstserve consistency was phenomenal,
missing one in 26 as she held for 5-5.
The crowd were in awe at the quality
of the rallies and the depth of groundstrokes, and it seemed fitting that the
set be decided by a tie-break. Halep
managed to chase down a short ball and
play an angled backhand pick-up that
clipped the sideline for a 2-1 lead with a
mini-break, but then gifted it back two
points later with a double fault.
The pivotal moment came when
Konta misfired a forehand drive-volley
several yards beyond the baseline. Halep moved 4-2 ahead and did not lose
another point as she claimed the first
set in 51 minutes.
The last time Konta lost an opening
set and still won the match was her Miami Open quarter-final victory against
Halep in March, and she kept up the
pressure here despite the disappointment of allowing her opponent to pull
away in the tie-break. The home
favourite brought up two break points
in the second game of the second set but
could not convert.
Two more opportunities came in the
eighth game but Konta was left shaking
her head after putting forehand returns
into the net on both. Her focus did not
waver, though, and the breakthrough
came just two points from potential defeat in the tie-break at 5-5. The crowd
let out a loud roar as Konta hit a forehand winner down the line for set point
at 6-5 and she then unleashed with a
cross-court backhand to take the match
into a third and deciding set.
Halep was not happy as Konta took a
lengthy toilet break. ?I don?t believe
that it was only four minutes. But she
does that all the time,? Halep said.
When play eventually resumed, the
match became a war of attrition, taking
a further 20 minutes just to get to 1-1.
Konta was the first to break for 3-2 in
the decider, working Halep from side to
side and forcing the error. She then admirably held her nerve to move to within one game of victory.
Serving for the match at 5-4, Konta
hit a cross-court forehand to bring up
two match points. Unfortunately, victory was then claimed in the aforementioned circumstances. Halep waited in
the hope that Nouni would replay the
point due to the hindrance, but he said
that the rules meant he could not issue
such an order. It should not take anything away, though, from the performance of Konta, who finished with 48
winners and 36 unforced errors.
?I felt I really stuck to my true self and
tried to create as many opportunities as
possible,? Konta said. ?I knew going into the match that Simona wasn?t going
to give me much for free.
?I had to be the one that created my
own chances and I felt I did.?
For a player who had won one match
in five previous appearances here, Konta has risen to the occasion ? and in
some style. Her hard-fought victory in
three hours and ten minutes on Centre
Court against Donna Vekic in the
second round seemed to mark the
moment in which she entered the consciousness of the British public, at last.
The task will not get any easier tomorrow, when she faces Venus Williams, the five-times champion who continues to astonish with her level of play
after turning 37 last month. However,
Konta has played some of her best tennis against Williams, defeating her in
three of their five matches.
Victory tomorrow would be the
greatest of Konta?s career, meaning
British representation in the ladies? singles final here for the first time since
Wade?s success in the summer of 1977.
The nation can now dare to dream that
a repeat of that memorable day may
play out this weekend.
stadium, you do get goosebumps. I?ve
been a part of some great moments and
exciting moments in other events, as
well.
?I?d like to think that I?ll be using all
that experience come Thursday.
Obviously I?ve been on court with
Venus before, so I?m fully aware of the
challenge that I?m facing.?
Wade, 72, is tipping Konta ? who has
been on court for more than ten hours
through five matches in this championships ? to defeat Williams.
?I think Jo should win that match,?
she said. ?Venus is not going to want to
play a three-hour match. I think the
fatigue factor for Konta might come
into play because she?s played a lot of
tough matches.
?I know you get 48 hours to recover
but it weakens you when you play such
lengthy matches.
?But I don?t think Venus will choke, so
Konta will have to win the match. But
it?s absolutely on the cards.?
This has been one of the greatest
Wimbledon tournaments, in terms of
home success, for many years. If Andy
Murray defeats Sam Querrey, of the
United States, in the quarter-finals of
the men?s singles today, it will be the first
time since 1967 that a British man and
woman have reached the last four at the
All England Club.
Match stats
Johanna
Konta
(GB)
6 7
7 6
6 4
Simona
Halep
(Rom)
4
3
Aces
3
Double faults
3
68%
First serves in
66%
68%
First-serve points won
72%
66% Second-serve points won 54%
9/12
24/32
Net points won
2/8
Break points won
1/2
39/115
Receiving points won
36/111
48
Winners
26
36
Unforced errors
9
114
Total points won
112
Chelsea pensioner who
Chelsea pensioner John Griffiths stops Konta as she is leaving Centre Court to
Lowdown on a new hero
6 Johanna Konta was
born in Sydney and
lived in Australia until
she was 14. She
represented Australia
until 2012, when she
obtained British
citizenship. Her
family are settled in
Eastbourne.
6 Her parents, Gabor
and Gabriella, are
from Hungary. Her
father is a hotelier
and her mother is a
dentist.
6 Her grandfather,
Tamas Kertesz, played
football for the
Hungarian ?Golden
Team? with Ferenc
Puskas and Sandor
Kocsis in 1955.
6 She took up tennis
aged eight. She says
she was aiming to be
world No 1 by nine.
6 There are two
players in the top ten
whom Konta has
never beaten: Serena
Williams and Elina
Svitolina.
6 She leads the headto-head against Venus
Williams, her semifinal opponent, 3-2.
She has a winning
record against her
potential opponents in
the final, Magdalena
Rybarikova and
Garbi馿 Muguruza.
6 The first albums
she bought were by
the Spice Girls and
the Backstreet Boys.
6 She has kept a
teddy bear in her
tennis bag since she
was ?11 or 12?.
6 She has been
bringing home-baked
white chocolate and
raspberry muffins to
the courts during the
tournament for her
support team.
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grabbed ultimate post-match selfie
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Two more wins and
?Plastic Brit? will be
the nation?s darling
Matthew
Syed
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ask for a selfie, left. She is happy to oblige, centre, to Griffiths? delight, right. He later shared the image, main picture
Stats that show how Briton continued remarkable rise with place in last four yesterday
127
48
Winners
Unforced errors
First set
Konta?s world ranking two years
ago. Now she is the highest seed
(No 6) left in the women?s singles.
13
12
Second set
19
20
Third set
16
4
Winners from Konta yesterday,
which was more than Andy Murray
has hit in any of his matches so far,
including one which went to five
sets.
104
Average mph of Konta?s first serve,
6 mph faster than Halep.
Konta?s done it the long way
Time on court of last four
Johanna Konta
10hrs, 20minss
7hrs, 11mins
7hrs, 6mins
7hrs 50minss
Venus Williams
Garbi馿 Muguruza
Magdalena Rybarikova
ohanna Konta grew in stature
and bearing on Centre Court
yesterday. She was tested to
the limit by a wonderfully
versatile opponent in Simona
Halep of Romania. The British No 1
endured torrid times and experienced
moments of self-doubt, not least
when missing a succession of easy
strokes in the eighth game of the
second set as her famous ?process?
between points ? the little step, the
nod to herself, the shuffle ? seemed
to become subtly disrupted.
It is matches such as these, though,
that break ? or make; matches when
you discover hidden wells of reserve;
matches that become inner totems
providing future strength. Konta
weathered it all, kept her head thrust
forward, eyes arched in introverted
concentration, her mind focused on
the narrow parameters of the next
point and, at 6.52pm under the roof at
Wimbledon, discovered that she had
progressed to the semi-finals.
?It?s surreal because of how quickly
things change in tennis,? Konta said
afterwards. ?I?m definitely still
digesting things. I definitely felt clear
on what I was trying to achieve,
regardless of if it was going my way. I
just stuck to my true self.?
It was a pity for Halep, who would
have moved to No 1 in the world by
winning this match, and whose
expansive conception of the game was
such a joy to behold. She had a
fraction more speed around the court
and a keen intelligence that kept her
in the match, despite an opponent
with more power and accuracy. She
took the opening set largely through
guile, coupled with a recognition that
her opponent?s forehand was inclined
to break down at crucial moments, a
weakness that she exploited again
and again.
Where next for Konta? It is a
revelation to watch her, for have we
seen another top player with quite so
regimented an approach? Every
stroke is prepared and fashioned in
the same way, every movement, every
mannerism between points. It is as if
she has found a precise algorithm for
everything that she does, mental and
technical, and has a meta-programme
that forbids deviation. This is a
strength in one sense but one cannot
help wondering if she could grow by
permitting herself a fraction more
discretionary space, and the joys
o
of spontaneous expression.
But that is for another day.
Over the next two matches,
starting with a semi-final
against Venus
Williams
tomorrow, she
has an
o
opportunity
tto transform
fr
from
a relatively
unknown immigrant
with an equivocal
relationship with the
British public into a
cultural
phenom
enon.
A British female winner of
Wimbledon for the first time in 40
years would transcend the sports
pages, would transcend newsprint,
and enter the hearts and minds of
young girls up and down the country.
She would also become wealthy in a
way that would have been
unimaginable two years ago when she
was labouring outside the top 150.
That Konta was born and raised in
Australia, has Hungarian parents and
played for 15 months in Spain seemed
to make little difference to the crowd.
The argument about Plastic Brits
didn?t have any bite, the spectators,
perhaps reflecting the wider national
mood, opting to embrace this singular
woman so dedicated to her sport, so
earnest in temperament. ?In terms of
the home support I feel very excited
and very humbled by it,? she said.
As Konta grows in self-belief, she is
also beginning to reveal more about
her inner self. In her press
conference, the 26-year-old was
remarkably candid about how much
Konta against Williams
Johanna Konta has played Venus
Williams on five occasions, winning
three times:
2015 Wuhan quarter-final (hard
court): Williams won 6-4, 3-6, 7-5
2016 Australian Open first round
(hard): Konta won 6-4, 6-2
2016 Stanford final (hard): Konta
won 7-5, 7-5, 6-2
2017 Miami semi-final (hard): Konta
won 6-4, 7-5
2017 Rome last 16 (clay): Williams
won 6-1, 3-6, 6-1
she has benefited from her former
mental coach, Juan Coto. ?Juan was a
tremendous influence on me,? she
said. ?That went beyond my tennis
career. He was someone who
approached his work with me in a
very holistic manner.
?It was more about me as a human
being than a tennis player. I think he
did a tremendous job with me in
working on my happiness as a person,
as a human being, dealing with life in
general.?
As for her tennis, Konta has an
emphatic and unbending plan: hit
hard and early, step into the court
whenever possible, and hit mid-court
lobs with volley-drives that minimise
reaction time for opponents. She
doesn?t vary except, occasionally,
when throwing in a fractionally
slower forehand on the diagonal.
Halep, yesterday, was the matador,
chasing everything down, testing the
mettle as much as the legs of her
opponent. Her tactical error was not
to use the drop shot, despite Konta?s
sluggishness off the mark. The match
was perfectly poised until the Briton
grew in confidence in the third set,
catalysed by the discovery of inner
steel as Halep ran out of ideas.
Konta has defeated Williams three
times in five meetings and one senses
that she will not be intimidated by the
opponent. Still the bookmakers?
favourite, she is growing, as a player
and human being, with every match.
?I?d like to think that I?ll be using all
[my] experience come Thursday,? she
said. ?Obviously, I?ve been on court
with Venus before, so I?m fully aware
of the challenge that I?m facing.?
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High fives for
new queen of
Centre Court
Stuart Fraser Tennis Writer
History beckons: Konta?s victory was hailed by Wade,
above left, the last British female to win Wimbledon
Johanna Konta became the first
British female to reach the semifinals of Wimbledon since Virginia
Wade in 1978 with an inspired
comeback to defeat Simona Halep,
the No 2 seed from Romania, in a
three-set thriller yesterday.
Wade, sitting in the front row of
the Royal Box, celebrated and highfived fellow spectators after
watching Konta, 26, defeat Halep 6-7
(2-7), 7-6 (7-5), 6-4 in a quarter-final
lasting two hours and 38 minutes
under the roof on Centre Court. ?I
was so happy for her,? Wade said. ?I
know how much pressure there is.
It?s wonderful to be in an
atmosphere like that but she
behaves very nicely. That was a
brilliant performance.
?I?m just surprised it?s taken so
long [for a British player to reach
the last four].
?It?s fine to be the last British
woman to win Wimbledon, but it?s
better to have plenty of British
players win. I?m thrilled for her.?
Konta is now just two wins away
from emulating Wade?s ladies?
singles success in 1977. Tomorrow,
she will face Venus Williams, the 37year-old five-times champion, for a
place in Saturday?s final.
?To be in the semi-finals of my
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d weight to the bid
to host a race in the capital.
Christian Horner, the Red Bull team
principal and a member of the BRDC,
criticised the decision to trigger the
break clause and warned that the track
losing the grand prix could hurt them
long term.
?With this London event happening
tomorrow, if that was a success ?
which hopefully it should be ? with the
Imola
Last hosted 2006
The track is now synonymous with
the death of two great drivers in one
weekend ? Roland Ratzenberger
and Ayrton Senna. But it was also a
place of beauty, with elevation
changes, challenging corners and
always covered in the red of Ferrari
fans creating an amazing
atmosphere. Unlikely to return,
though, with Monza on the calendar.
recent legislation changes [the government ruled in April that motor racing
could take place on public roads] that
are happening in the City of London
one can imagine a London Grand Prix
being pretty attractive to the Liberty
guys,? he said.
?Silverstone needs to be a little bit
careful how they handle themselves
and negotiate that they don?t find
themselves losing out.?
Horner said that his preference
would be for Silverstone to remain the
host, but questioned how the track had
been run and said that there was ?probably a need for a fresh set of eyes?.
?From a team?s perspective, we can?t
see any changes. They spent a fortune
on the pits and they put them in the
wrong place,? Horner said.
?They have created a paddock with
zero atmosphere at one of the most historic race tracks in the UK, so there has
been some serious misjudgment and
management, one would say. Britain
should have a grand prix but there has
been some questionable calls.?
Lions prop Sinckler apologises after 3am arrest in Auckland
Rugby union
John Westerby
Kyle Sinckler issued an apology
yesterday after being arrested for his
part in a ?minor disturbance? during a
night out in Auckland after the British
& Irish Lions? final Test draw with New
Zealand.
Sinckler was escorted back to his
hotel in a police car after being taken
away from the Auckland bar where he
had been drinking, which was reportedly on Galway Street, in the city
centre. The incident occurred at about
3am on Sunday after the Lions drew the
third Test and the series, but he was not
charged after police established that
the incident did not merit further
investigation.
?I apologise for putting myself and
the Lions in this position and also to the
police and anyone else affected,? Sinckler said.
John Spencer, the tour manager, said
that he had reiterated to Sinckler the
requirement for good behaviour on and
off the field.
?We have been informed by Auckland police about an incident involving
Kyle,? he said. ?I have spoken to Kyle
and reminded him of his responsibilities as a Lion, which extend to his offthe-field behaviour.
?Kyle has apologised for any
inconvenience caused and we
are satisfied that he regrets this
incident and that this is the end
of the matter.?
A statement from Auckland
police said: ?A male was placed
under arrest but was not
charged after further inquiries established that the incident did not warrant
Sinckler played a
part in all three
Tests with New
Zealand and brought
an aggressive edge
prosecution. He was then taken to his
accommodation by police.?
It is understood that no other Lions
were involved and that the
management were satisfied
that the incident was a
?minor disturbance?.
The
England
prop made eyecatching contrib
butions
as a replacement in all
t
three
Tests
against the All
Blacks.
His hearton-sleeve
aggression made him one of the characters of the tour and the second Test in
Wellington ended with him being restrained by team-mates as he sought to
resolve a difference of opinion with TJ
Perenara, the New Zealand replacement scrum half.
In the drawn third Test at Eden Park,
which preceded his night out in central
Auckland, Sinckler had conceded the
penalty at a scrum that enabled
Beauden Barrett to give the All Blacks a
15-12 lead in the 68th minute.
But he responded with a solid showing at a series of scrums in the breathless final stages and Owen Farrell, his
England team-mate, secured the draw.
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Victorious Djokovic complains
Rick Broadbent
You might be forgiven for thinking that
Novak Djokovic has got it easy. He has
not lost a set on grass either here or
during his warm-up gig in Eastbourne,
and has Andre Agassi ? balder, wider
and more Buddha-like than of yore ?
oozing wisdom in his corner.
Yet the No 2 seed is both purring and
growling, mixing straight-sets wins
with straight-talking. So he would like
an end to interminable fifth sets and,
yes, he is being hampered by a pain in
his right shoulder and a hole in Centre
Court.
The three-times champion had only
a modicum of discomfort yesterday in
dispatching Adrian Mannarino, the
world No 51 who gained some notoriety
last week for barging into a ballboy and
earning a �000 fine. The Frenchman
was initially overpowered before finding his range and resilience and dragging Djokovic to a 4-2 deficit in the
owever,
second set tie-break. However,
at and
Djokovic came through that
seemed to be embroiled in a far tougher contest against his mind and body.
nce
When he suffered a bad bounce
ron the court he glared at the surface; if looks could kill they
would need to put artificial turf
on that most barren area. He
slammed a ball into the ground
and the collective sarcasm
from the crowd showed how
he still lags behind Roger
Federer and Andy Murray in
the popularity stakes.
In many ways you could symh
pathise. Djokovic felt this match
tre
should have been moved to Centre
afael
Court on Monday night as Rafael
xit on
Nadal made his protracted exit
he dark
Court No 1. ?We were kept in the
for two and a half hours without knowd. ?You
ing what was going on,? he said.
were on your toes warming up, cooling
down. The referee?s office was completely indecisive. We could have
played until 11pm.?
There is an easy solution, he said,
which is to introduce a fifth-set tiebreak. ?Any other grand slam has it. I
just don?t see any reason why not. Is the
reason we?re keeping it because [John]
Isner and [Nicolas] Mahut once made
history with an 11-hour match??
Given that Dkojovic had already received treatment before he called for a
medical timeout at 4-3 up in the third
set, the impact of that indecisiveness
may yet be felt. As the other men?s
quarter-finalists had a rest day,
Djokovic was forced to play on. The
good news for him was that he wasted
little time in overcoming a man who
Match stats
Adrian
Mannarino
(Fr)
2 6
6 7
4 6
Novak
Djokovic
(Serbia)
4
2
Aces
1
Double faults
2
70%
First serves in
74%
61%
First-serve points won
71%
52% Second-serve points won 67%
14/20
Net points won
18/23
1/2
Break points won
4/10
28/93
Receiving points won 43/102
36
23
Winners
26
Unforced errors
24
87
Total points won
108
Djokovic said the umpire was shocked
when he showed him a hole near the
baseline on Centre Court yesterday
was making him work while never
looking like springing an upset.
However, it must pain tournament
chiefs to hear such criticism of their
courts and scheduling. ?The fact is, the
court is not in great condition,? the Serb
said. The chair umpire had asked to be
shown the hole and, according to
Djokovic, was shocked.
The problem is a bare area around
the baseline which, he said, was a hindrance to play rather than a safety issue.
It should, perhaps, be pointed out that
this is not an inner-city court pockmarked with broken glass and certainly
Mannarino said that it was far better
than the other ?destroyed? courts he
had played on thus far. ?He was complaining a little bit,? he said. Martina
Navratilova pondered whether someone had been playing golf down there.
Whether Djokovic complains more
vehemently about his shoulder, if and
when he faces more testing opposition,
remains to be seen. ?I have been dragging it back and forth for some time,? he
said.
Yet for all these issues, he is moving
through the draw with remarkable
smoothness for a man whom John
McEnroe has likened to Tiger Woods in
his fire hydrant era. The mantle of
invincibility has certainly slipped but it
was not until halfway through the
second set that he was remotely bothered by Mannarino.
Suddenly, his double-handed backhands began falling long and his opponent seemed inspired by one long rally
in which he jumped into a punched
backh
backhand winner of his own. He broke
serve for the only time in the match and
a serie
series of long points took the set to a
tie-br
tie-break. The first five points of that
went against serve and Mannarino
foun
found brief daylight beneath the roof.
T
The left-hander was struggling
wi
with a back injury of his own,
su
suffered in only the third game, but
h
he said that it had improved by the
eend of the second set. Neverthele
less, Djokovic slammed the door
sh
shut and clinched the tie-break 7-5.
A
After that the outcome was inevitab
tabile and he edged ahead quickly
in tthe third.
Dj
Djokovic now faces Tomas
Berdy
Berdych, who beat him in the 2010
semisemi-finals. He is dealing with all
mann
manner of problems and edging
towar
towards top form.
The role of Agassi in all this is
fascin
fascinating. The trend for every top
player is to have a former grand-slam
winner in his corner, and another one,
Mats Wilander, said this might be the
best call of all. ?The goal for Djokovic
has to be to get back to developing his
game,? Wilander said. ?He needs to do
slightly different things, maybe hit the
backhand harder. I see them practising
and that is clearly what Agassi is taking
about.?
Wilander said he had also seen how
Djokovic was prepared to stay in points
for longer before switching direction.
?That?s what Agassi did so well. It?s a
great call by him ? to be that aware of
how Agassi played and what he brings
to the court. Agassi did not have a problem re-setting his goals and that?s what
Djokovic needs. They are the perfect
fit.?
Djokovic won in
straight sets again
despite being
frustrated by an
injured shoulder,
the rescheduling
of his match and
the state of
Centre Court
Murray: my wife likes smaller players
Alyson Rudd
Andy Murray is under no illusions. He
knows his style of play is not to everyone?s taste and has even admitted that
Kim, his wife, enjoys watching players
who are diminutive and elegant rather
than tall or chunky and powerful.
This would seem to imply that today?s
quarter-final between her husband and
the 6ft 6in Sam Querrey might not be
her match of choice.
?When it comes to watching me
there will be people in this country who
don?t like watching me, who don?t like
my personality or who don?t enjoy my
style of play, whatever it is,? the British
No 1 said.
?But that?s why I think it?s important
for the sport and healthier for the sport
if there are three or four players ? men,
women, left-handers, right-handers,
tall players ? it makes it more fun
because everyone likes different things.
?Like my wife, for example. She likes
watching players who are really small.?
Asked if she would rather watch a
diminutive player than her husband,
Murray added: ?I don?t know about
that. But she likes watching players who
are small and aren?t as strong. She likes
watching Gilles Simon, she likes watching Dominika Cibulkova and players
like that.?
Murray has lost only once to
Querrey and that was seven years ago
but the American defeated Novak
Djokovic at Wimbledon last year and is
a difficult opponent on grass.
?He has a tough style to play against,?
Murray said. ?He serves big, he goes for
his shots and he?s not an easy guy to
come up against. He?s had some great
results here in the past.
?He?s a great grass-court player but
I?ve had good success against him in the
past and hopefully, I?ll take that into the
match with him.?
Murray is adept at fighting through
adversity, such as his present hip problem, according to Lleyton Hewitt, the
2002 Wimbledon champion.
?If you look at him just walking
around, he looks like he is pretty sore,?
the Australian said.
?He finds a way. He does everything
right. He deserves to go out there and
be pushing for another semi-final and
final here at Wimbledon.
?He is a true professional. It is not
easy turning up and being defending
champion if you are under a little bit of
an injury cloud.?
How men?s quarter-finalists compare
Aces
Murray
Querrey
M黮ler
Cilic
Raonic
Federer
Berdych
Djokovic
Winners
31
111
99
102
206
270
72
192
91
40
49
21
229
134
170
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Big three will advance ? but
Cilic is still a serious threat
Gilles M黮ler (Lux, 16) v Marin Cilic (Cro, 7)
Goran
Ivanisevic
Andy Murray (GB, 1)
v Sam Querrey (US, 24)
Murray has not played his best
tennis yet and I think he is saving
it for the last few matches of the
tournament. It will not be an easy
encounter against Querrey but it is
hard to see the American taking
three sets off the home favourite
and No 1 seed on grass. Murray
can nullify Querrey?s powerful
serve as he is one of the best
returners around and he will play
with a lot of slice and execute
plenty of drop shots. Querrey is a
big hitter and will go for it, as he
did when he beat Novak Djokovic
in the third round here last year,
but Murray will get too many balls
back. The Scot has to be careful,
though, not to be too defensive. At
times, Fabio Fognini and Beno顃
Paire were able to attack when he
did not get up the court enough.
He needs to be more aggressive
and put more juice in his shots.
Cilic is still my second favourite,
above Murray but below Federer,
to win the tournament. M黮ler?s
fourth-round win on Monday
helped Cilic as now he does not
have to face Rafael Nadal. I knew
M黮ler could cause trouble
against Nadal but I was surprised
to see him win 15-13 in the
deciding set. He played well and
held his nerve on break point
down, but today?s match is going
to be completely different. Cilic is
not only serving well but he is too
solid off the ground and will win
more of the rallies. On the return,
he is going to be more aggressive.
Nadal stood too far back to return
so it was easier for M黮ler to use
his left-handed hook serve out
wide. His serve will not be as
effective against Cilic, who will
stay closer to the baseline and use
the angles.
Head to head Cilic 2 M黮ler 0
Cilic fact He has ended 27 per
cent of the points he has played
with a winner
charts, having hit 102 in four
matches
Prediction Cilic to win
Milos Raonic (Can, 6) v Roger Federer (Switz, 3)
has won a greater percentage of
return games than Murray?s 38 per
cent
Querrey fact Querrey?s first serves
have not been returned 62 per
cent of the time by his opponent
Tomas Berdych (Cz, 11) v Novak Djokovic (Serbia, 2)
Murray fact No remaining player
Prediction Murray to win
Unforced errors
Murray
39
Querrey
81
M黮ler
87
Cilic
Raonic
40
Federer
77
Berdych
60
Djokovic
It will not matter that Djokovic
will have had to play on
successive days as I do not think
he has lost a lot of energy. Last
week he played a match lasting
little over one set and it has been
a walk in the park since then. I do
not see how Berdych can win. He
is a player who hits the ball so
cleanly and knows how to play on
grass ? he reached the final here
in 2010, losing to Rafael Nadal ?
but I do not trust him enough to
keep going for it from the
beginning of the match until the
end. Mentally, he stops. It is as
if somehow against the big
guys he is satisfied enough that
142
130
Serve and volley points won
3 of 5
9 of 10
122 of 158
6 of 10
56 of 73
41 of 52
4 of 4
3 of 3
James Gheerbrant
match of the
day
outside court
of the day
best chance of
an upset
Andy Murray v
Sam Querrey
First on Centre Court
CiCi Bellis and Marketa
Vondrousova v Chan
Hao-ching and Monica
Niculescu
Second on No 3 Court
Tomas Berdych v Novak
Djokovic
Second on No 1 Court
It could have been Stan
Wawrinka or Jo-Wilfried
Tsonga, but instead Andy
Murray faces last year?s
Djokovic-slayer, Sam
Querrey, for a place in
the semi-finals. Querrey
beat Tsonga to reach the
last eight for the second
consecutive year. This is
Murray?s 26th grand-slam
quarter-final and only
Querrey?s second, but the
Scot has been upset by
big servers at previous
grand-slam events. Can
Querrey emulate the
likes of Kevin Anderson
and Mischa Zverev?
today?s
weather
If you have a ground
pass and want to see two
stars of tomorrow, this is
the match for you. Bellis
is the youngest player in
the top 40 by more than
a year: she reached the
third round of last year?s
US Open and this year?s
French. Vondrousova is
the youngest player in
the top 100 and won her
first WTA title in April.
They have a tough
assignment against Chan
and Niculescu, the
experienced No 9 seeds.
Djokovic has won 25 out
of the 27 matches these
two have played, but one
of the defeats came at
Wimbledon, in the 2010
semi-final. The Serb has
endured his worst run of
form in a decade and has
lost before the semifinals in three of his last
four grand-slam events.
Against Adrian
Mannarino, he did not
entirely convince that he
had shaken off the rust.
Berdych is a canny grasscourt operator with more
of a chance than many
will give him.
brit watch
M黮ler fact Leads tournament ace
This is the pick of the men?s
quarter-final matches and a rerun
of last year?s semi-final, in which
the Canadian came from two sets
to one down to beat Federer, who
should have won that match as
he had a lot of chances. We did
not see Federer for the rest of the
year after that, as he took a sixmonth break, and it has certainly
paid off for him. He is playing so
much better than last year and I
do not think he is going to let slip
this chance again. Federer may
admittedly have some difficulty
on his return because Raonic will
be serving bombs, but he always
somehow puts it back in the
court. I thought Grigor Dimitrov
Head to head Murray 7 Querrey 1
your guide to day nine
might have caused Federer some
problems on Monday but the
seven-times Wimbledon
champion blitzed him. He is
getting stronger with each match
he plays.
Head to head Federer 9 Raonic 3
Federer fact Has won 72 per cent
of second serve points, 16 per
cent above his career average on
grass
Raonic fact Hit the second fastest
serve of the tournament at
142mph
Prediction Federer to win
he is on the court having fun.
Djokovic, on the other hand, is
too solid mentally and has not
dropped a single set on grass this
year since the start of the Aegon
International in Eastbourne.
Head to head Djokovic 25
Berdych 2
Djokovic fact Has won 58 per cent
of points from the baseline, more
than any other player
Berdych fact Only dropped serve
three times in 80 service games
Dry with
spells of
sunshine.
Maximum
temp ? 22C
Reigning mixed-doubles champions Heather Watson
and Henri Kontinen face Ivan Dodig and Sania Mirza,
the No 4 seeds, on No 2 Court. Ken and Neal Skupski,
the Scouse brothers, are the last Britons in the men?s
doubles. They meet No 4 seeds Lukasz Kubot and
Marcelo Melo in their first grand-slam quarter-final.
Today?s order of play
11am start unless stated
Seeds in brackets
Centre Court (1pm): A Murray (GB)
v (24) S Querrey (US); (6) M Raonic
(Can) v (3) R Federer (Switz).
No 1 Court (1pm): (16) G Muller
(Lux) v (7) M Cilic (Cro); (11)
T Berdych (Cz) v (2) N Djokovic
(Serbia).
No 2 Court (11.30am): (1) H
Kontinen (Fin) and J Peers (Aus) v
(10) R Harrison (US) and M Venus
(NZ); (8) A Barty (Aus) and C
Dellacqua (Aus) v (2) E Makarova
(Russ) and E Vesnina (Russ); J
Peers (Aus) and S Lisicki (Ger) v M
Demoliner (Br) and M J Mart韓ez
S醤chez (Sp); H Kontinen (Fin)
and H Watson (GB) v (4) I Dodig
(Cro) and S Mirza (India).
No 3 Court (11.30am): H PodlipnikCastillo (Chile) and A Vasilevski
(Bela) v N Mektic (Cro) and F
Skugor (Cro); C Bellis (US) and M
Vondrousova (Cz) v (9) Chan Haoching (Taiwan) and M Niculescu
(Rom); (9) J Cabal (Col) and A
Spears (US) v M Pavic (Cro) and L
Kichenok (Ukr); (15) M Venus (NZ)
and B Krejcikova (Cz) v (2) B
Soares (Br) and E Vesnina (Russ).
No 4 Court: E Douglas (US) v (14)
S Sewing (US); L Dussin (Fr) and
H Gaston (Fr) v (5) G Ross (US)
and T Seyboth Wild (Br);
E Adeshina (GB) and G Heath
(GB) v M J Portillo Ram韗ez (US)
and S Sewing (US); H Fischer (GB)
and E Raducanu (GB) v (8) E
Arango (Col) and E Douglas (US).
No 5 Court: A Rubio Fierros
(Mex) v B Ellis (Aus); (1) C Moutet
(Fr) v M Efstathiou (Cyp);
J Hern醤dez Serrano (Mex) and A
Rubio Fierros (Mex) v S Carr (Ire)
and A Rotsaert (US); B Ellis (Aus)
and M Martineau (Fr) v (4) R
Molleker (Ger) and E Ruusuvuori
(Fin); T Machac (Cz) and T Skatov
(Russ) v M Efstathiou (Cyp) and
R Nijboer (Neth).
No 6 Court: J Eltingh (Neth) and
P Haarhuis (Neth) v P McEnroe
(US) and J Tarango (US); A Li (US)
v M Chwalinska (Pol); L Boskovic
(Cro) and T Pieri (It) v
V Deminova (Russ) and A
Kharitonova (Russ); (7) A Anshba
(Russ) and E Rybakina (Russ) v H
Tyra Black (US) and M Chwalinska
(Pol); K Berankova (Cz) and
S Lansere (Russ) v M Osorio
Serrano (Col) and T Pedretti (Br).
No 7 Court: (12) Y Oliel (Isr) v
M Martineau (Fr); (16) J P Grassi
Mazzuchi (Arg) v M Ali Bellalouna
(Tun); A Fenty (US) and Y Oliel
(Isr) v D Added (Fr) and Z Bergs
(Bel); (8) S Baez (Arg) and
J P Grassi Mazzuchi (Arg) v F Bass
(GB) and A McHugh (GB);
M Lourdes Carle (Arg) and N Sato
(Japan) v Z Desai (India) and
L Sun (Switz).
No 8 Court: (5) Y Shimizu (Japan)
v P Kypson (US); M Bartoli (Fr)
and I Majoli (Cro) v A S醤chezVicario (Sp) and S Sfar (Tun); L
Davenport (US) and M Fernanda
Alves (Br) v M Maleeva (Bul) and
B Schett (Austria); S Hazawa
(Japan) and N Tajima (Japan) v
F Forti (It) and M Frinzi (It).
No 9 Court: G Loffhagen (GB) v
(9) R Molleker (Ger); K Swan (GB)
v (2) W Osuigwe (US); T Bosancic
(Aus) and L Grief (US) v C Bittoun
Kouzmine (Fr) and Park Ui Sung
(S Kor); E Bolton (US) and A Li
(US) v Y In-Albon (Switz) and S
Waltert (Switz); (4) C McNally (US)
and W Osuigwe (US) v E Appleton
(GB) and J Burrage (GB).
No 10 Court: F Labrana (Chile) v
(12) M Hontama (Japan); (11)
J Rodionov (Austria) v S Hazawa
(Japan); (1) C Branstine (Can) and
M Kostyuk (Ukr) v M Budin (GB)
and E Maloney (GB).
No 11 Court: (10) Wang Xinyu
(China) v S Waltert (Switz);
M Vrbensky (Cz) v S Korda (US);
(5) Wang Xinyu (China) and
Wang Xiyu (China) v A Collins
(GB) and F Jones (GB); S Korda
(US) and N Mejia (Col) v J Molloy
(GB) and B Smith (GB).
No 12 Court (11.30am): (4)
L Kubot (Pol) and M Melo (Br) v
K Skupski (GB) and N Skupski
(GB); S Kuznetsova (Russ) and
K Mladenovic (Fr) v M Ninomiya
(Japan) and R Voracova (Cz); A
Begemann (Ger) and N Melichar
(US) v (11) D Nestor (Can) and
A Klepac (Slovenia); N Mektic
(Cro) and A Konjuh (Cro) v (10) R
Bopanna (India) and G Dabrowski
(Can); (2) M Ancic (Cro) and
J Delgado (GB) v T Enqvist (Swe)
and T Johansson (Swe).
No 14 Court: A McHugh (GB) v (6)
M Miladinovic (Serbia); S Banthia
(India) and J Kent Trotter (Japan)
v (2) A Geller (Arg) and Hsu Yuhsiou (Taiwan); O Styler (Cz) and
A Zakharov (Russ) v (7)
M Miladinovic (Serbia) and Tseng
Chun-hsin (Taiwan); O Orpana
(Fin) and L Schmidt (Ger) v (2)
T Johnson (US) and C Liu (US);
W Ferreira (SA) and G Ivanisevic
(Cro) v T Woodbridge (Aus) and
M Woodforde (Aus).
No 15 Court: H Stewart (GB) v
F Forti (It); B Smith (GB) v (10)
O Crawford (US); (6) A Ayeni (US)
and T Bryde (US) v H Stewart (GB)
and D West (GB); T Horie (Japan)
and Y Shimizu (Japan) v O
Crawford (US) and P Kypson (US).
No 16 Court: (1) K Day (US) v
J Niemeier (Ger); (16) Liang
En-shuo (Taiwan) v (3) C Liu (US);
v (15) Z Desai (India); Liang
En-shuo (Taiwan) and A
Miyamoto (Japan) v O Danilovic
(Serbia) and K Juvan (Slovenia).
No 17 Court: C Bittoun Kouzmine
(Fr) v S Riffice (US); S Lansere
(Russ) v (9) M Osorio Serrano
(Col); V Kirkov (US) and D Thomas
(US) v S Riffice (US) and D Vale
(Por); (1) Z Piros (Hun) and Wu
Yibing (China) v M Ali Bellalouna
(Tun) and J Reis Da Silva (Br).
No 18 Court (11.30am): C Black
(Zim) and M Navratilova (US) v
K Clijsters (Bel) and R Stubbs
(Aus); G Rusedski (GB) and
F Santoro (Fr) v L Hewitt (Aus)
and M Philippoussis (Aus);
T Austin (US) and H Sukova (Cz) v
A Jaeger (US) and C Mart韓ez
(Sp); F Gonz醠ez (Chile) and
S Grosjean (Fr) v J Gimelstob (US)
and R Hutchins (GB); H Leconte
(Fr) and C Pioline (Fr) v (2)
A Castle (GB) and M Chang (US).
Yesterday?s results
Prediction Djokovic to win
Grand-slam quarter-finals
W21 L8
W0 L1
W0 L1
W3 L6
W3 L3
W41 L8
W6 L9
W30 L7
Seeds in brackets
Men: Singles: Fourth round: (2)
N Djokovic (Serbia) bt
A Mannarino (Fr) 6-2, 7-6, 6-4.
Doubles: Third round:
K Skupski (GB) and N Skupski
(GB) bt M Daniell (NZ) and
M Demoliner (Br) 7-6, 5-7, 7-6,
6-4. Quarter-final: (16) O Marach
(Austria) and M Pavic (Cro) bt
M Matkowski (Pol) and M Mirnyi
(Bela) 7-5, 6-2, 6-2.
Women: Singles: Quarter-finals:
(14) G Muguruza (Sp) bt (7) S
Kuznetsova (Russ) 6-3, 6-4; (6) J
Konta (GB) bt (2) S Halep (Rom)
6-7, 7-6, 6-4; (10) V Williams (US)
bt (13) J Ostapenko (Latvia) 6-3,
7-5; M Rybarikova (Slovakia) bt
(24) C Vandeweghe (US) 6-3, 6-3.
Mixed doubles: Third round:
(1) J Murray (GB) and M Hingis
(Switz) bt (16) R Jebavy (Cz) and
L Hradecka (Cz) 6-3, 6-4.
Men?s over 35 doubles: Group
A: A Clement (Fr) and M Llodra
(Fr) bt (1) J Baker (GB) and
C Fleming (GB) 6-4, 6-4.
Men?s over 45 doubles: Group
A: R Krajicek (Neth) and
M Petchey (GB) bt (1) J Bates (GB)
and C Wilkinson (GB) 6-4, 6-3.
Women?s over 35 doubles:
Group A: K Clijsters (Bel) and
R Stubbs (Aus) bt (1) T Austin
(US) and H Sukova (Cz) 6-1, 6-2.
Group B: A S醤chez-Vicario (Sp)
and S Sfar (Tun) bt M Maleeva
(Bul) and B Schett (Austria) 6-2,
1-6, 10-8.
Juniors: Boys: Singles: Second
round: A Geller (Arg) bt
D Thomas (US) 6-1, 6-0; (8)
A Davidovich Fokina (Sp) bt
D Added (Fr) 6-3, 6-1; N Tajima
(Japan) bt T Skatov (Russ) 7-6,
6-3; (2) Wu Yibing (China) bt
V Kirkov (US) 6-1, 6-1. Girls:
Singles: Second round: (3) C Liu
(US) bt M Jain (India) 6-2, 6-1;
(14) S Sewing (US) bt O Orpana
(Fin) 6-3, 6-2; (15) Z Desai (India)
bt M Paigina (Russ) 5-7, 1-0 ret;
(9) M Osorio Serrano (Col) bt
H Baptiste (US) 6-2, 6-2; (10)
Wang Xinyu (China) bt P Arias
Manjon (Sp) 6-1, 6-3; S Lansere
(Russ) bt (8) E Appleton (GB)
6-4, 6-4; E Douglas (US) bt T
Grana Pedretti (Br) 7-6, 6-4; A Li
(US) bt E Maloney (GB) 6-2, 4-6,
6-3; M Chwalinska (Pol) bt (5) M
Kostyuk (Ukr) 6-1, 6-4; S Waltert
(Switz) bt A Anshba (Russ) 4-6,
6-1, 6-2; (6) C Branstine (Can) bt
E Bolton (US) 6-1, 6-4; K Swan
(GB) bt C McNally (US) 6-0, 6-3;
(16) Liang En-shuo (Taiwan) bt
E Raducanu (GB) 6-1, 4-6, 8-6;
(2) W Osuigwe (US) bt Y
In-Albon (Switz) 2-6, 6-3, 6-3.
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Sport Wimbledon 2017
Sport
Ageless Venus sees off rising star
NIC BOTHMA/EPA
Alyson Rudd
Off court there is little to suggest that
Venus Williams can win the women?s
title. She is 37, she suffers from an incurable autoimmune disease that saps
energy and induces lethargy and her
build-up to the tournament was blighted by her involvement in a fatal car
crash in Florida.
These are not the sort of factors that
create a champion and yet, on court,
Williams is ruthless, astute and
efficient. Crucially, she turns her years
of experience into an asset that, rather
than being reflective or emotional, is
tough and unyielding.
The
five-times
Wimbledon
champion defeated a player 17 years her
junior, who is at the start of something
wonderful, having blasted her way to
the French Open title last month.
Jelena Ostapenko can be fearless and
sunny, reckless and moody and, before
yesterday, no matter how many mistakes she made, she had found a way to
ensure that she hit enough winners to
compensate. That was before she faced
Williams in a quarter-final that was
about knowledge versus learning.
Johanna Konta, Williams?s opponent in
the semi-final, will need to at least
match the American?s levels of calm
certainty to win through.
Yesterday, Williams simply used her
experience and powerful serve to outwit one of the most exciting young
players at these championships. The
pair had never faced each other before
and while that bothered Williams not
one jot, it made for some painful viewing from Ostapenko?s perspective. The
20-year-old Latvian had arrived in
SW19 as the new name to look out for,
the hot ticket even, but Williams knows
Centre Court, knows grass, knows the
ebb and flow of winning at Wimbledon.
Ostapenko, by contrast, walked out
on to Centre Court listening to Russian
pop music through her earphones,
wearing the expression of a child entering Santa?s grotto for the first time. She
was all wonderment and impish delight.
Actually, as French Open champion,
she might reasonably have expected to
have seen it sooner than the quarter-final stage but she was not struck by
nerves. She was instead struck by an inability to bring her serve under control.
With only 57 per cent of her first serves
making their mark, she needed a solid
second serve to make headway but it
was too often weak and gobbled up by
Williams with a graceful sort of fiendishness.
Ostapenko?s first forehand winner
prompted gasps from those who had
not seen her before but Williams was
immune to the novelty. As Konta said,
after defeating her at Eastbourne, when
you face Ostapenko you have to learn
how to cope with her ability to hit
winners that you have no means of
stopping. The Latvian?s style could be
bewildering or demoralising but Williams has seen it all and would calmly
stroll away yesterday once the winning
shot zoomed past her. Ostapenko hit
more winners than Williams but the
more experienced player delivered hers
when it mattered.
Williams has faced Konta twice
this year and they have one win
apiece ? the Briton prevailing in
the semi-finals of the Miamii
Masters in March.
?I?m sure she?s confident and determined,? Williams said. ?She?s probably
dealing with a different kind of pressure
playing here at home. But she seems to
be handling it well.?
Williams was in defensive mood
facing the media, perhaps wary of anyone asking about that terrible car crash.
Or, perhaps, she was more exhausted
than she looked. After all, she had been
3
22
After 22 grand-slam events
without reaching a semi-final,
she has made the last four in
three of the past five
tournaments: Wimbledon
2016, Australian Open
2017 and Wimbledon
2017
She reached her 22nd grandslam semi-final with victory
against Jelena Ostapenko
yesterday
Golden oldie:
Venus, 37, is
two wins away
from another
title in SW19
Match stats
Venus
Williams
(US)
6 3
7 5
Jelena
Ostapenko
(Lat)
8
Aces
1
4
Double faults
2
66%
First serves in
57%
78%
First-serve points won
72%
48% Second-serve points won 38%
4/6
Net points won
3/4
3/3
Break points won
1/2
24/56
Receiving points won
20/62
13
Winners
20
15
Unforced errors
18
66
Total points won
54
How Williams has fared in
grand-slam semi-finals
Wimbledon
Australian Open
US Open
French Open
W8
W2
W4
W1
L1
L1
L4
L0
engaged in economical yet fierce
tennis. The second set was more competitive, with Ostapenko displaying
how to turn defence into attack. She
even managed to break the Williams
serve but the veteran was able to increase her energy levels to compensate.
Like all great champions, her eight
aces were delivered when they
mattered most and when Ostapenko
delivered a beautiful, daring drop-shot
from the back of the court, Williams
responded in the very next point by
pulling off a cushioned volley winner. It
felt as if she was telling the youngster
that she could not truly surprise her,
that she has seen it all.
?You have to get better if you want to
stay relevant,? Williams said.
She has been asked relentlessly about
her age during these championships
but this is, arguably, the most insightful
response she has given. It is so very easy
to become a former champion, someone who is revered and admired but not
feared. Williams does not want to be
indulged or pandered to as one of the
grass-court greats. Neither does she
want to be treated as an elder stateswoman; there to dole out advice, reach
verdicts, recount a funny anecdote.
The seven-times grand-slam singles
champion knows that to be in the
frame, to be, as she puts it, relevant, she
has to keep improving and that means
something more than performing an
impersonation of her 27-year-old self.
?I feel quite capable, to be honest, and
powerful,? she said. ?So whatever age
that is, as long as I feel like that, I know
I can contend for titles every time.?
Can she recall the early days,
h
how tricky it was starting out?
?I really went to the top at a
v
very
young age, started winning
titles. So that was my experience.
That?s all I can say about that.?
Her only advice, then, is to
win and keep winning.
Ostapenko did not
hide her frustration
as she struggled to
get the better of her
veteran opponent
Muguruza fells another
giant despite coach row
Garbi馿 Muguruza (Sp)
6
6
Svetlana Kuznetsova (Rus)
3
4
Giles Smith
It was a good afternoon for the former
champion on No 1 Court. Conchita
Mart韓ez, the 1994 winner and now
coach of Garbi馿 Muguruza, watched
her charge handsomely defeat Svetlana
Kuznetsova.
It was not Mart韓ez who was making
the noise, though. That was Muguruza?s
physio, whose highly audible encouragements in Spanish prompted an accusation of illegal coaching from Kuznetsova?s team, gestures by her coach in
the direction of the umpire and a terse
response from the Russian after the
match. ?She acts like this all the time,?
Kuznetsova said, referring to the physio. ?I don?t think it?s appropriate.?
?Honestly, they were just cheering
for me,? Muguruza insisted. ?I like it
when my team is behind me. But nothing really tactical or specific.?
This minor spat should not overshadow another gutsy act of giant-toppling
by the No 14 seed. The vanquisher in the
fourth round of Angelique Kerber, the
No 1 seed, became the first player in this
tournament to take a set off Kuznetsova, the No 7 seed. Half an hour later, she
became the first player to take two.
In the opening set, Kuznetsova had
two break points in the third game but
was prevented from converting them
by a rearguard action from the
Spaniard that set the tone for her
performance. Muguruza carried that
impetus into the next game and broke.
The Russian would not see a break
point again.
For Muguruza, 23, this was a hardearned victory against an opponent
who seemed to dominate the rallies and
Muguruza showed her intense work
ethic to defeat Kuznetsova yesterday
some of Muguruza?s retrieval work was
awe-inspiring. Kuznetsova, the relative
veteran at 32, went into the second set
looking even feistier and had another
early break point, which Muguruza
saved. The Russian?s exertions grew
more audible, yet Muguruza stayed
solid and Kuznetsova could only watch
the whipped forehand that clinched the
critical break in the fifth game.
Muguruza served for the match at
5-4 and experienced her first and only
jitters, going 30-0 ahead but then
dumping two simple forehands into the
net. A clean ace steadied her, though,
and one point later she was twirling and
waving to an appreciative crowd.
In her semi-final she will meet
Magdalena Rybarikova, the 28-yearold unseeded Slovakian who surprised
Coco Vandeweghe 6-3, 6-3.
Rybarikova had a set on the board
when rain fell mid-afternoon. Reconvening briefly on a patchily occupied
Centre Court, the American, who had
struggled for rhythm and range in the
first session, meekly surrendered a
break with a pair of double faults, conceded three match points on her own
serve and got into an extended row
with the umpire over an overruled call.
Not a great day?s work.
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Sport
Sport
Matthew Syed
Why aren?t women
allowed to play in
an epic like this?
Sports Commentator of the Year
M
y daughter Evie plays tennis every
Thursday. She loves it. She is only
four, so hasn?t yet got the hang of
playing rallies (although I
understand that Steffi Graf was
already doing so at three, which is a bit of a
worry), but she can balance the ball on the
racket and, when in a particularly patient mood,
bounce it up and down, absorbed as she learns
more about gravity, balance, and momentum. I
am looking forward to the day we can hit
against each other.
I look forward, too, to watching Wimbledon
together, if not live (press passes are not, sadly,
transferable) then on TV. I don?t doubt that, like
millions of other girls, she will learn to love the
spectacle, its mix of artistry and athleticism, the
way in which two players can push each other
so hard, learning more about themselves in the
trying. Tennis, like all sport, is trivial but it
contains precious lessons about resilience,
determination and grace under pressure. As
Billie Jean King once told me: ?Tennis is a game,
but it is so much more than that.?
But I have a profound fear, too. For there are
other lessons that Evie will take from watching
Wimbledon and, for that matter, the other
grand-slam events. A lesson that is just as
powerful, but altogether less benign. The lesson
that women are too weak to play tennis over
five sets, too fragile to last the distance, too
delicate to cope with sustained exertion. It is the
idea, familiar when the marathon was thought
to be ?too distressing for the fairer sex?, which
meant that no races longer than 200m were
included for women at the 1932 Los Angeles
Olympics, or at any Games before Rome in
1960.
My mother was in school in 1960 and was 33
by the time that women were finally permitted
to compete in the marathon, in Los Angeles in
1984. She spent the first three and a half decades
of her life living in a world where competition
organisers barred women from endurance races
for their own good. As Harold Abrahams, who
won the Olympic 100m in 1924 before going on
to have a distinguished career in journalism, put
it: ?Women are apt to break down for reasons
not instantly clear to the masculine
understanding.? He believed that the imagined
tendency of women to collapse under stress was
a result ?more of psychological than physical
causes?.
We should never underestimate the
symbolism of such attitudes, or the way that
they subtly infiltrate stereotypical assumptions.
Nor should we ignore the weight of history. If
we take the marathon as a crude barometer of
gender attitudes, it took about 2,500 years from
the ancient feat of Philippides in 490BC for
society to realise that women are perfectly
capable of running 26.219 miles and, indeed, the
finest can do so in under two and a half hours.
For 99.5 per cent of our modern history, then,
women have lived in a culture that
systematically underestimated their strength,
vitality and mental toughness.
But in tennis, the legacy of this empirical
fallacy persists. The arguments over whether
Andy Murray or Johanna Konta play on the big
screen on Henman Hill, or whether there are an
equal number of men?s and women?s matches on
Centre Court are, by comparison, trivial. They
represent a classic (but sadly familiar) case of
focusing on the wallpaper and not the elephant.
The starkest case of sexism is the one that
feminists, curiously but revealingly, rarely
protest about. It is the insinuation, in every
match, of every day, of every grand slam,
broadcast to every TV set in the world, that
women, as a gender, can?t cut it. At least, not
over the ?classic? test of five-set championship
tennis.
I guess I am not alone in having marvelled at
the contest between Rafael Nadal and Gilles
M黮ler as the shadows lengthened on Court
No 1 on Monday evening. Here were two players
virtually equal on the day, separated, at last,
after almost five hours of duelling. The shifts in
fortune and circumstance, the variations in
tactics, and the resolve of M黮ler as he closed
out the 28th game of the final set, all
contributed to one of the finest fourth-round
matches of the age.
And yet a little earlier, Venus Williams and
Ana Konjuh completed their match after just
two sets and 63 minutes, Simona Halep required
88 minutes to defeat Victoria Azarenka and
Svetlana Kuznetsova knocked out Agnieszka
Radwanska in 91 minutes. Couldn?t these strong
TIMES PHOTOGRAPHER JACK HILL
Nadal, left, congratulates M黮ler after their five-set thriller lasted almost five hours on Monday
and determined women, each of whom have, in
their different ways, demonstrated rare courage
to reach the top echelons of the sport, have
coped with a bit more action? Call me naive, but
I?m pretty sure they could.
For those who say that I am exaggerating the
importance of the issue, it is worth
remembering that women can internalise the
sexist attitudes encoded in outdated institutions.
Take the stereotype that women are less capable
of logical and mathematical reasoning than
men. In one famous experiment, when female
students were reminded of this stereotype, they
performed significantly worse than their male
counterparts on a test. But, when the test was
positioned not as a test of logic but more
neutrally, the gap disappeared. Women were not
worse, after all. They merely performed worse
when weighed down by a false insinuation that
has been part of our culture for centuries.
So, is it not time to ditch the sexist
connotations of the three-set rule in grand-slam
women?s tennis, perhaps the most visible legacy
of outmoded attitudes in sport? It is not as if it is
impossible to alter scheduling, whether by
playing on the middle Sunday, starting play
earlier or whatever. And let us not get distracted
by false analogies with the heptathlon in
athletics. The heptathlon is a fine event, with
tough challenges throughout, and was first
contested by men, not women. Unlike the threeset rule in tennis, it was never historically
justified by reference to gender weakness.
This year, the women?s matches have been
thoroughly entertaining and I have no doubt
that five-set contests would add a new
dimension. Indeed, I regret that we never had
the chance to see great rivals of the past, such as
Graf and Monica Seles, or Martina Navratilova
and Chris Evert, vying over this classic distance.
But it is the symbolism of three-set tennis that
worries me most, along with the apathy that has
allowed it to persist. Millions of girls, such as
Evie, are watching this marvellous sport, while
subliminally absorbing the most disempowering
of lessons.
Liverpool brothers extend stay after booking in for one week
Alyson Rudd
They only booked their Airbnb accommodation for one week, not expecting
to make it this far, but the Skupski
brothers are just two matches away
from a Wimbledon final.
At the moment, Ken and Neal are
staying in separate hotels, paying on a
night-by-night basis, but they are
confident that they will need their
rooms for a little longer.
The doubles pair, who have never
reached this stage of a grand-slam
tournament before, defeated Marcus
Daniell and Marcelo Demoliner 7-6,
5-7, 7-6, 6-4 and will today face Lukasz
Kubot and Marcelo Melo, the No 4
seeds, in the quarter-finals of the men?s
doubles.
The Merseyside siblings received a
wild card to compete at SW19 and have
been cheered on by friends and family
who have brought a touch of football
terrace chanting to their matches. ?We
started out on Court No 17 in the first
and second rounds and it was quite
noisy,? Neal said.
?I had a few friends from my high
school out there who I hadn?t seen for a
while. They were shouting our names. I
think us Scousers, we?re quite rowdy. So
we overpowered them in the end and
hopefully, we can get some great
support again.?
Ken is a 34-year-old left-hander and
Neal, 27, is right-handed. Both support
Liverpool. ?We are mad fans,? Neal
said. But life on the tennis circuit does
not allow them to see their team
very often.
?It is pretty difficult because
the games are on weekends and
we?re always travelling to tournaments then,? Neal said. ?Wee
are streaming it whenever
n
they?re on. It could be 3am in
Australia and we?re up watching the game.?
?We basically don?t miss a
game,? Ken added, revealing that
The Skupski brothers have been
cheered on by a raucous crowd
they are part of a gang of
Liverpool-supporting
p
players
on the circuit
who never talk about
tennis but always
trade views on football. ?We like to get
together when the
g
game?s
on, if we
can, if we?re at a
tournament
tog
gether.
We all
watch it. And then
we?ll also watch if
United get beat.
?There?s a lot of
camaraderie.?
They are happy
to pay for more nights in hotels. ?We
know on the day we can beat anybody
on grass,? the younger brother said.
?It?s the pinnacle of tennis for us,?
Ken said. ?To play as brothers is a great
experience for the whole family, not
just ourselves. And it?s my tenth year.
I?m getting on now so I?ve got to make
the most of it whenever I can.?
The pair vowed to play with the same
freedom they showed yesterday. ?We?ll
give it a go,? Neal said.
There was more good news on the
home front as Jamie Murray reached
the quarter-final stage of the mixed
doubles with Martina Hingis, after they
defeated Lucie Hradecka and Roman
Jebavy 6-3, 6-4.
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Sport Wimbledon 2017
Sport
Konta astonishes
with display fit
for a champion
Stuart Fraser Tennis Writer
It was a moment that Centre Court had
not witnessed for 39 years: a British
player securing a place in the semi-finals of the ladies? singles. Such was the
sense of history, though, that one overeager spectator screamed out before
Johanna Konta had converted the
match point she had worked so hard to
earn.
Simona Halep, clearly hindered,
dumped a forehand into the net. Instead of jumping around in celebration,
Konta looked sheepishly towards her
opponent and the umpire, Kader
Nouni. It was the only blot on a period
of two hours and 38 minutes during
which Konta persuaded any remaining
doubters that she is a genuine contender to win the Venus Rosewater Dish.
Resolute under pressure and brave in
attack, Konta, 26, displayed the qualities required to become a grand-slam
champion. Watching from the front
row of the Royal Box was Virginia
Wade, the last British woman to triumph here, 40 years ago. She nodded in
appreciation, well aware the long wait
for her successor could come to an end
this weekend.
?I heard a scream, I think it was off
my side of the court, towards the left,?
Konta said of the conclusion to the
match. ?There were some overenthusiastic moments, which happens I think
with every match where it comes to a
tense moment. I think it?s a part of
sport, the crowd getting excited and
sometimes getting a little too involved.?
This was a match with much on the
line. Last month, Halep, the 25-yearold from Romania, was one win away
from becoming the world No 1 going
into the final of the French Open. But,
just as then, she fell short. Karolina Pliskova, the Czech who lost in the second
round here, will now top the rankings
for the first time next Monday.
Less than three months ago, Halep
had levelled her head-to-head record
with Konta at 2-2 after a straight-sets
victory during the Fed Cup play-off
between Romania and Great Britain.
Not that many remember the action on
the court during that infamous
weekend after the disgraceful behaviour of Ilie Nastase, the home captain.
The tension has simmered ever since.
Under the roof, Halep made a strong
start, hardly missing from the back of
the court. A clean backhand winner
gave Halep the first break of the match
continued from back
Briton surges into the semi-finals
home slam, and to do that in front of a
full Centre Court, it?s pretty, pretty
special,? Konta said.
?I think the level of tennis both of us
played today was amazing, it was just a
tremendous match. Just to be part of a
match like that again, I?ve been very
fortunate [during] this championships.
I?ve had two of those now, I feel very
lucky.
?In terms of the home support, I feel
very excited and humbled by it. When
you get a massive crowd of people
cheering, making that sort of noise in a
in the second game and she held for 3-0.
Konta?s aggression meant that she
was over-hitting at times but she
started to find her range and played her
way back into the set, winning eight
straight points to level at 3-3. Her firstserve consistency was phenomenal,
missing one in 26 as she held for 5-5.
The crowd were in awe at the quality
of the rallies and the depth of groundstrokes, and it seemed fitting that the
set be decided by a tie-break. Halep
managed to chase down a short ball and
play an angled backhand pick-up that
clipped the sideline for a 2-1 lead with a
mini-break, but then gifted it back two
points later with a double fault.
The pivotal moment came when
Konta misfired a forehand drive-volley
several yards beyond the baseline. Halep moved 4-2 ahead and did not lose
another point as she claimed the first
set in 51 minutes.
The last time Konta lost an opening
set and still won the match was her Miami Open quarter-final victory against
Halep in March, and she kept up the
pressure here despite the disappointment of allowing her opponent to pull
away in the tie-break. The home
favourite brought up two break points
in the second game of the second set but
could not convert.
Two more opportunities came in the
eighth game but Konta was left shaking
her head after putting forehand returns
into the net on both. Her focus did not
waver, though, and the breakthrough
came just two points from potential defeat in the tie-break at 5-5. The crowd
let out a loud roar as Konta hit a forehand winner down the line for set point
at 6-5 and she then unleashed with a
cross-court backhand to take the match
into a third and deciding set.
Halep was not happy as Konta took a
lengthy toilet break. ?I don?t believe
that it was only four minutes. But she
does that all the time,? Halep said.
When play eventually resumed, the
match became a war of attrition, taking
a further 20 minutes just to get to 1-1.
Konta was the first to break for 3-2 in
the decider, working Halep from side to
side and forcing the error. She then admirably held her nerve to move to within one game of victory.
Serving for the match at 5-4, Konta
hit a cross-court forehand to bring up
two match points. Unfortunately, victory was then claimed in the aforementioned circumstances. Halep waited in
the hope that Nouni would replay the
point due to the hindrance, but he said
that the rules meant he could not issue
such an order. It should not take anything away, though, from the performance of Konta, who finished with 48
winners and 36 unforced errors.
?I felt I really stuck to my true self and
tried to create as many opportunities as
possible,? Konta said. ?I knew going into the match that Simona wasn?t going
to give me much for free.
?I had to be the one that created my
own chances and I felt I did.?
For a player who had won one match
in five previous appearances here, Konta has risen to the occasion ? and in
some style. Her hard-fought victory in
three hours and ten minutes on Centre
Court against Donna Vekic in the
second round seemed to mark the
moment in which she entered the consciousness of the British public, at last.
The task will not get any easier tomorrow, when she faces Venus Williams, the five-times champion who continues to astonish with her level of play
after turning 37 last month. However,
Konta has played some of her best tennis against Williams, defeating her in
three of their five matches.
Victory tomorrow would be the
greatest of Konta?s career, meaning
British representation in the ladies? singles final here for the first time since
Wade?s success in the summer of 1977.
The nation can now dare to dream that
a repeat of that memorable day may
play out this weekend.
stadium, you do get goosebumps. I?ve
been a part of some great moments and
exciting moments in other events, as
well.
?I?d like to think that I?ll be using all
that experience come Thursday.
Obviously I?ve been on court with
Venus before, so I?m fully aware of the
challenge that I?m facing.?
Wade, 72, is tipping Konta ? who has
been on court for more than ten hours
through five matches in this championships ? to defeat Williams.
?I think Jo should win that match,?
she said. ?Venus is not going to want to
play a three-hour match. I think the
fatigue factor for Konta might come
into play because she?s played a lot of
tough matches.
?I know you get 48 hours to recover
but it weakens you when you play such
lengthy matches.
?But I don?t think Venus will choke, so
Konta will have to win the match. But
it?s absolutely on the cards.?
This has been one of the greatest
Wimbledon tournaments, in terms of
home success, for many years. If Andy
Murray defeats Sam Querrey, of the
United States, in the quarter-finals of
the men?s singles today, it will be the first
time since 1967 that a British man and
woman have reached the last four at the
All England Club.
Match stats
Johanna
Konta
(GB)
6 7
7 6
6 4
Simona
Halep
(Rom)
4
3
Aces
3
Double faults
3
68%
First serves in
66%
68%
First-serve points won
72%
66% Second-serve points won 54%
9/12
24/32
Net points won
2/8
Break points won
1/2
39/115
Receiving points won
36/111
48
Winners
26
36
Unforced errors
9
114
Total points won
112
Chelsea pensioner who
Chelsea pensioner John Griffiths stops Konta as she is leaving Centre Court to
Lowdown on a new hero
6 Johanna Konta was
born in Sydney and
lived in Australia until
she was 14. She
represented Australia
until 2012, when she
obtained British
citizenship. Her
family are settled in
Eastbourne.
6 Her parents, Gabor
and Gabriella, are
from Hungary. Her
father is a hotelier
and her mother is a
dentist.
6 Her grandfather,
Tamas Kertesz, played
football for the
Hungarian ?Golden
Team? with Ferenc
Puskas and Sandor
Kocsis in 1955.
6 She took up tennis
aged eight. She says
she was aiming to be
world No 1 by nine.
6 There are two
players in the top ten
whom Konta has
never beaten: Serena
Williams and Elina
Svitolina.
6 She leads the headto-head against Venus
Williams, her semifinal opponent, 3-2.
She has a winning
record against her
potential opponents in
the final, Magdalena
Rybarikova and
Garbi馿 Muguruza.
6 The first albums
she bought were by
the Spice Girls and
the Backstreet Boys.
6 She has kept a
teddy bear in her
tennis bag since she
was ?11 or 12?.
6 She has been
bringing home-baked
white chocolate and
raspberry muffins to
the courts during the
tournament for her
support team.
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Sport
grabbed ultimate post-match selfie
JOHN GRIFFITHS/PHIL SHEPHARD-LEWIS FOR THE TIMES/BBC
Two more wins and
?Plastic Brit? will be
the nation?s darling
Matthew
Syed
J
ask for a selfie, left. She is happy to oblige, centre, to Griffiths? delight, right. He later shared the image, main picture
Stats that show how Briton continued remarkable rise with place in last four yesterday
127
48
Winners
Unforced errors
First set
Konta?s world ranking two years
ago. Now she is the highest seed
(No 6) left in the women?s singles.
13
12
Second set
19
20
Third set
16
4
Winners from Konta yesterday,
which was more than Andy Murray
has hit in any of his matches so far,
including one which went to five
sets.
104
Average mph of Konta?s first serve,
6 mph faster than Halep.
Konta?s done it the long way
Time on court of last four
Johanna Konta
10hrs, 20minss
7hrs, 11mins
7hrs, 6mins
7hrs 50minss
Venus Williams
Garbi馿 Muguruza
Magdalena Rybarikova
ohanna Konta grew in stature
and bearing on Centre Court
yesterday. She was tested to
the limit by a wonderfully
versatile opponent in Simona
Halep of Romania. The British No 1
endured torrid times and experienced
moments of self-doubt, not least
when missing a succession of easy
strokes in the eighth game of the
second set as her famous ?process?
between points ? the little step, the
nod to herself, the shuffle ? seemed
to become subtly disrupted.
It is matches such as these, though,
that break ? or make; matches when
you discover hidden wells of reserve;
matches that become inner totems
providing future strength. Konta
weathered it all, kept her head thrust
forward, eyes arched in introverted
concentration, her mind focused on
the narrow parameters of the next
point and, at 6.52pm under the roof at
Wimbledon, discovered that she had
progressed to the semi-finals.
?It?s surreal because o
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